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Eight Generals

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Eight Generals

FERK EightGenerals.jpg
Artwork of the Eight Generals from Fire Emblem.
Leader

Hartmut

Size

8 members

Group type

Group of warriors

Purpose

To banish the dragons from Elibe and end The Scouring

Appearance(s)
Once, dragon fought man in a war called the Scouring… Mankind vanquished the dragons thanks to the efforts of eight heroes. These eight mighty generals brought peace to Elibe.
— Opening narration of Chapter 11E, Fire Emblem

The Eight Generals or Eight Legends (Japanese: 八神将 Eight Divine Generals) were eight powerful human warriors who fought in the Scouring in Elibe, leading the forces of mankind in banishing the dragon race from the face of the continent.

Overview

Late in the conflict, when the legendary weapons were created to efficiently combat the dragons, eight of the warriors judged to be the most powerful in the human forces were chosen to wield them; these eight came to be known as the "Eight Generals" or "Eight Legends".[1] Led by Hartmut, the Generals travelled to the Dragon Sanctuary in what would later become Bern and launched an assault upon it and its dragon occupants, wielding the legendary weapons. In this battle, the immense power of the legendary weapons and of the dragons reacted to each other and caused the Ending Winter, forcing the dragons to take manakete form. Human legends would later falsely claim that the Winter was caused by dragons alone, and that the Generals and the legendary weapons fixed it.[2]

Even with the dragons forced into the weaker forms and rendered helpless, the Generals nonetheless pressed the assault, mercilessly slaughtering the manaketes; Jahn was among these manaketes and escaped with only a deep wound inflicted by one of the Generals.[3] When they ventured into the Sanctuary, they found Idenn in manakete form, who transformed into her demon dragon form and engaged them in battle; she was struck down by Hartmut wielding the Binding Blade, which reacted to Hartmut's hesitance and failed to kill her. Afterward, at Hartmut's insistence, the Generals created a sanctuary in which to seal her away using the Binding Blade and Fire Emblem.

With the war over, the Generals went their separate ways in the now-peaceful Elibe. Most of them formed a new nation in some corner of the continent, and they all enshrined their legendary weapons in a hidden location to attempt to prevent their immense power from being misused; Bramimond placed a powerful magical seal upon all of the weapons from his new home, the Shrine of Seals, preventing their use without him lifting the seal. By 980 years later, Bramimond and Athos were the only Generals still alive; Athos assisted the Lycian lords Eliwood, Hector and Lyn in fighting Nergal, a former friend of Athos who intended to summon and control dragons for his own personal use, and to this end persuaded Bramimond to lift the seal upon the legendary weapons so they could be used against Nergal. After Nergal's death and that of a single dragon he managed to summon, Athos himself died from exhaustion, and Bramimond also passed within twenty years.

Members

FEHT v09c33 hartmut.png Portrait roland fe07.png FERK Barigan.png Portrait durban fe07.png
Hartmut Roland Barigan Durban
Is gba eckesachs.png Eckesachs
Is gba binding blade.png Binding Blade
Founder of Bern
Is gba durandal.png Durandal
Founder of Lycia
Is gba maltet.png Maltet
Founder of Ilia
Is gba armads.png Armads
Founder of the
Western Isles
FERK Hanon.png FERK Elimine.png Portrait athos fe07.png Portrait bramimond fe07.png
Hanon Elimine Athos Bramimond
Is gba murgleis.png Murgleis
Founder of Sacae
Is gba aureola.png Aureola
Is gba saint's staff.png Saint's Staff
Founder of Etruria
Is gba forblaze.png Forblaze
Settled in Arcadia
Is gba apocalypse.png Apocalypse
Keeper of the
Shrine of Seals

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English • Eight Generals
• Eight Legends
The script of Fire Emblem variously refers to the group by both names; "Eight Generals" is primarily seen in song titles in the Sound Room, while "Eight Legends" is often used in dialogue.
Japanese 八神将 Eight Divine Generals
Spanish Los ocho generales Eight generals
French Les Huit Généraux Eight Generals
German Die acht Generäle Eight Generals
Italian Otto generali Eight generals

References

  1. "Jahn: However, the humans soon found out about the demon dragon. They concluded that their numbers were not enough to defeat us. They focused their efforts into forging weapons that would pierce our scales. They are what you humans call the legendary weapons.
    Roy: That much I know...
    Jahn: The strongest human warriors were chosen to wield their newly crafted weapons.
    " - Jahn and Roy, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  2. "Jahn: They came and attacked this sanctuary. However, the immense power of the weapons clashing with our own power... It caused something none of us had anticipated.
    Roy: What happened?
    Jahn: The laws of nature started to collapse. Snow began to fall in summer. Stars shone in the middle of day...
    Roy: You mean it caused the Ending Winter? I thought it occurred because the dragons released vast amounts of energy...
    Jahn: Is that how your legends go?
    Roy: The power of the legendary weapons were used to restore order to nature. That's what I learned.
    Jahn: So in other words, we were the cause of everything bad that happened. How typical of you humans. But the truth is as I said.
    " - Jahn and Roy, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  3. "Jahn: When the order of nature collapsed, we dragons suffered the most. With nature weakened, we could not maintain our dragon forms. And so, we sealed our power into gemstones and took human form.
    Roy: The dragonstones...
    Jahn: Yes. We were utterly powerless against the humans. In human form, we were even more feeble than the humans themselves. The humans took the opportunity to slaughter us.
    Roy: Why did you choose the form of humans? Why not some other shape?
    Jahn: In the new order of nature, the human form required the least energy to transform into. The Eight Legends mercilessly crushed us as we were helpless in our human form. I too suffered deep wounds.
    " - Jahn and Roy, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Playable characters AlenAstoreBathBartreBorsCathCeciliaChadClarineDayanDekeDorothyDouglasEkhidnaElenElphinFaeFirGarretGeeseGonzalezGwendolynHughIgreneJodelJunoKarelKleinLalumLanceLilinaLotLughMarcusMerlinusMiladyNiimeNoahOgierPercevalRaighRoyRutogaSaulShannaSinSophiaSueTheaTrecWadeWoltZelotsZeiss
Non-playable characters EliwoodGuinivereHectorMaryMordred
Trial Map characters BrunnyaEliwoodGalleGuinivereHectorMurdockNarcianZephiel
Bosses ArcardoBrakulBrunnyaChanDamasDebiasDoryEinErikFlaerGalleGuerreroHenningIdennKabulKelKudokaJahnLeganceMaggieMarralMartelMonkeMorganMurdockNarcianNordOatesOrloPeresRaithRandyRoartzRobertsRoseRuudScollanScottSiguneSlaterThorilTickWagnerWindhamZephielZinque
The Eight Generals AthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ApocalypseArmadsAureolaBinding BladeDurandalEckesachsForblazeMaltetMurgleisRapierSaint's Staff
Chapters 1: Dawn of Destiny • 2: The Princess of Bern • 3: Latecomer's Sorrow • 4: Crumbling League • 5: Fire Emblem • 6: Ensnared • 7: The Ostian Revolt • 8: Reunion • 8x: The Blazing Blade • 9: The Misty Isles • 10A: Western Resistance • 11A: The Hero of the West • 10B: Amidst a Struggle • 11B: Flight Toward Freedom • 12: The True Enemy • 12x: The Thunder Axe • 13: Rescue Mission • 14: Arcadia • 14x: The Infernal Truth • 15: The Dragon Child • 16: Storming the Capital • 16x: The Glorious Ascension • 17A: Ocean's Parting • 18A: The Frozen River • 19A: Bitter Cold • 20A: Ilia's Salvation • 20Ax: The Blizzard Spear • 17B: The Bishop's Teachings • 18B: The Law of Sacae • 19B: Battle in Bulgar • 20B: The Silver Wolf • 20Bx: The Tempest Bow • 21: The Binding Blade • 21x: The Elder Revelation • 22: An Undying Dream • 23: The Ghosts of Bern • 24: Legends and Lies • Final: Beyond the DarknessTrial Maps
Locations ElibeBern (Dragon SanctuaryShrine of Seals) • Etruria (Aquleia) • IliaLycia (AraphenLausOstiaPheraeThria) • Missur (ArcadiaNabata) • Sacae (BulgarTaras) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Disturbance of BernEnding WinterFire EmblemThe ScouringWar Dragons
Related topics Fire Emblem: Hasha no TsurugiName chart • Other games (Fire Emblem) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline
Fire Emblem
Playable characters AthosBartreCanasDartDorcasEliwoodErkFarinaFioraFlorinaGeitzGuyHarkenHawkeyeHeathHectorIsadoraJaffarKarelKarlaKentLegaultLouiseLowenLuciusLynMarcusMatthewMerlinusNilsNinianNinoOswinPentPriscillaRathRavenRebeccaRenaultSainSerraVaidaWallaceWil
Non-playable characters AenirAeshaBramimondDesmondElbertEleanoraEphidelFaeFargusGuinivereHannahHassarHausenHelmanJahnJakeJanKishunaLeilaLilinaMadelynMurdockRoySophiaUtherZephiel
Bosses AionBattaBaukerBernardBeyardBoiesBoolBrendanBugCameronCarjigaDamianDarinDenningDragonEaglerErikEubansFargusGeorgGlassGroznyiHeintzJasmineJermeKaimKennethKishunaLimstellaLinusLloydLundgrenMaximeMigalNergalOlegPascalPaulPuzonSealenSoniaTeodorUhaiUrsulaVaidaWireYogiZaganZoldamZugu
Eight Legends AthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ArmadsAureolaBasilikosDurandalEreshkigalExcaliburForblazeGespenstLuceMani KattiRapierRegal BladeRex HastaRienflecheSol KattiWolf Beil
Chapters Lyn's Tale Prologue: A Girl from the Plains • 1: Footsteps of Fate • 2: Sword of Spirits • 3: Band of Mercenaries • 4: In Occupation's Shadow • 5: Beyond the Borders • 6: Blood of Pride • 7: Siblings Abroad • 7x: The Black Shadow • 8: Vortex of Strategy • 9: A Grim Reunion • 10: The Distant Plains
Eliwood's Tale 11: Taking Leave • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Noble Lady of Caelin • 16: Whereabouts Unknown • 16x: The Port of Badon • 17: Pirate Ship • 18: The Dread Isle • 18x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19: Dragon's Gate •20: New Resolve • 21: Kinship's Bond • 22: Living Legend • 22x: Genesis • 23: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 24: Unfulfilled Heart • 25: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 26: Battle before Dawn • 26x: Night of Farewells • 27: Cog of Destiny • 28: Valorous Roland • 29: Sands of Time • 29x: Battle Preparations • 30: Victory or Death • Final: Light (part 1part 2)
Hector's Tale 11: Another Journey • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Talons Alight • 16: Noble Lady of Caelin • 17: Whereabouts Unknown • 17x: The Port of Badon • 18: Pirate Ship • 19: The Dread Isle • 19x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19x pt.2: A Glimpse in Time • 20: Dragon's Gate • 21: New Resolve • 22: Kinship's Bond • 23: Living Legend • 23x: Genesis • 24: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 25: Crazed Beast • 26: Unfulfilled Heart • 27: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 28: Battle before Dawn • 28x: Night of Farewells • 29: Cog of Destiny • 30: The Berserker • 31: Sands of Time • 31x: Battle Preparations • 32: Victory or Death • 32x: The Value of Life • Final: Light (part 1part 2)
Locations ElibeBern (Shrine of Seals) • EtruriaIliaLycia (AraphenCaelinCornwellKhatheletLausOstiaPherae) • Nabata Desert (Arcadia) • Sacae (Bulgar) • Valor (Dragon's Gate) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Black Fang (Four Fangs) • Fire EmblemMorphsQuintessenceThe Scouring
Related topics List of regional version differencesName chart • Other games (The Binding Blade) • Pre-release information (Prototype build 0205Prototype build 0219Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline