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|“||The hero Grado and his warriors used the Sacred Stones to combat evil’s darkness. They defeated the Demon King and sealed his soul away within the stones.||”|
— Opening narration of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones's prologue
The five heroes are one of the least divulged groups of heroes in the Fire Emblem series, no images are known to exist of any hero, and only two of the five heroes have known names. This lack of knowledge about them seems to more come from no opportunity arising to mention them, as in-universe the heroes seem to be well known across Magvel. In particular, they are included in Eirika's, Ephraim's, and Lyon's history curriculums.
The five heroes fought eight hundred years before the events of The Sacred Stones. During this time Fomortiis held dominion over Magvel, as well as pushing Humanity to the brink of annihilation. Through some unknown force the five heroes were blessed with the five Sacred Stones. The five heroes also possessed two monster-slaying weapons each, Gleipnir excluded, being not effective against monsters, the origins of the Sacred Twins are also unknown.
With the aid of Morva and the rest of the manakete tribe, Grado and the other heroes attacked Fomortiis in Darkling Woods. The heroes are successful in killing Fomortiis, though with great casualties to their forces. The Demon King's death in the forest had the side effect of near-irreversibly corrupting the earth with the Demon King's blood.
After the defeat of Fomortiis each hero went on to found a country. Grado founded the Grado Empire, which is named after him, and Latona founded Rausten. Renais, Frelia, and Jehanna were each founded by a hero. The modern-day royal families of each country are descended from their founding hero, and their respective set of Sacred Twins and Sacred Stone are passed along the royal family bloodlines.
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|Grado||Latona||Name unknown||Name unknown||Name unknown|
Founder of Grado
Founder of Rausten
Founder of Renais
Founder of Frelia
Founder of Jehanna
- Of the five heroes only Latona and the founder of Renais have sets of Sacred Twins that can be wielded at once by a class within The Sacred Stones' class selection. There are no classes that, for example, use axes and dark magic.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Five heroes||This is presumably a more general term to refer to the heroes instead of an actual name of the group, all instances of this phrase are not capitalized.|
- "Lyon: ...And so the hero Grado and his companions used the five Sacred Stones to seal away the evil of the Demon King, and his wicked soul was locked within the Stone of Grado. The Stone of Grado came to be known as the Fire Emblem. To this day, it's kept safe and honored as a national treasure of the empire. ...I think that's about it. For more on Grado's life, read “Founding Emperor Grado." It's comprehensive.
Ephraim:...It’s so thick. ...And the letters are so small.
Lyon: But you have to read it. You don’t want Father MacGregor to discipline you again.”" — Lyon and Ephraim, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "According to legend. the original possessors of the Sacred Stones defeated the Demon King in Darkling Woods." — Opening narration of chapter 20, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Uh-huh... The real battle's just beginning. Our ancestors paid dearly for their victory. A mountain of corpses... It's written the Demon King was surrounded by the dead before he finally fell." — L'Arachel, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones