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Fire Emblem (item)
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In most Fire Emblem series games, the Fire Emblem (Japanese: ファイアーエムブレム Fire Emblem, or 炎の紋章 Fire Emblem) is an item or object central to the plot of the game, and is the namesake of the series as a whole. Each representation differs from each other, and typically each has a different name with "Fire Emblem" being another name applied to it.
In Archanea, the Binding Shield was renamed the "Fire Emblem" in its weakened, sphere-stripped form. Originally the seal placed upon the Earth Dragons by Naga, it was stolen from the Fane of Raman by Adrah and adopted as a national treasure of his new nation, Archanea. Its true name resumed use following its restoration by Marth, but by the era of Ylisse it had been returned to being called the Fire Emblem*.
Valentia does not have a Fire Emblem of its own; as it co-exists with Archanea, the Binding Shield is technically the Fire Emblem of Valentia.
In the game's ending, the inheritor of Velthomer (Azel's child) mentions that the crest of Velthomer is also known as the "Fire Emblem" and, prior to the events of the game, was regarded as a symbol of justice.
In Elibe, the Fire Emblem is a gem and one of the national treasures of Bern, kept under heavy guard. It serves two purposes: a functional purpose in unlocking the Binding Blade from the Shrine of Seals, and a ceremonial purpose in the coming-of-age ceremonies of members of the Bern royal family.
In The Binding Blade, the Fire Emblem was stolen by Guinivere as she fled Bern at the beginning of the Disturbance of Bern, as she travelled to Lycia to find a peaceful resolution to the war, and she later gave it to Roy to use to obtain the Binding Blade.
In Fire Emblem, as part of his plans to stop Prince Zephiel from having a legitimate path to ascending the throne, King Desmond had the Black Fang steal the Fire Emblem before Zephiel's coming-of-age ceremony. In response, Queen Hellene tasked Eliwood, Hector, Lyn, Louise and Pent with its recovery from the Black Fang, in exchange for directions and free passage to the Shrine of Seals.
This Fire Emblem was not explicitly identified as being seen in the games themselves. In the opening of The Binding Blade, however, a crest of some kind appears in the opening sequence on the scene where the narration describes "a sacred emblem of burning light, born of flames..."; this same crest also appears on Roy's cape in the Super Smash Bros. series. This may be the canonical game depiction of the Elibean Fire Emblem. However, the manga Fire Emblem: Hasha no Tsurugi depicts this Fire Emblem with a very different appearance.
The Sacred Stone of Grado, containing the soul of Fomortiis sealed within, is also referred to as the "Fire Emblem". Prior to the start of the game, its energies was used by Grado's Prince Lyon in his efforts to help others after he saw a vision of an earthquake devastating the country. He worked tirelessly for days. After his father Vigarde died, Lyon split the Fire Emblem into two parts, the Sacred Stone and a Dark Stone, which contains the soul of the Demon King. He revived his father and destroyed the Fire Emblem. The Dark Stone corrupted him, leading him to command his resurrected father to start a war against Renais in order to destroy the other stones, which starts the conflict of the game.
In Tellius, the Fire Emblem is known as Lehran's Medallion and was created 800 years prior to Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn for the sole purpose of imprisoning the goddess of chaos, Yune. It was created by Lehran of the Heron tribe, and so for most of its history was kept by the Heron royal family, who had the ability to keep Yune calm through their Galdr. Additionally, Lehran and his decendents, the Apostles of Begnion, possessed the ability to sing the Galdr of Release to free her from the Medallion if necessary.
Hoshido and Nohr
In Fates, the regalia katana Yato is known as the "Seal of Flames" in its Shadow and Blazing forms and the "Fire Emblem" in its Omega form. Two divine weapons unlock the Seal of Flames (Brynhildr and Siegfried in Conquest, the Fujin Yumi and Raijinto in Birthright) while all four unlock the Fire Emblem.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English|| • Fire Emblem
• Seal of Flames
| • Used in all games.|
• Used in Fates, except when referring to the Omega Yato.
|Japanese|| • ファイアーエムブレム
| • Transliteration of the English words into katakana. In Fates, this is used where the English version uses "Fire Emblem".|
• Fire Emblem, literally "crest of flame". This is used in Shadow Dragon as a descriptor of the Fire Emblem, replacing "エムブレム" from the NES game's dialogue. Genealogy exclusively uses this term. The Binding Blade only uses this in the chapter title, using the katakana elsewhere. In Fates, this is used where the English version uses "Seal of Flames".