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In Occupation's Shadow

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In Occupation's Shadow

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Abandoned fortress in the SacaeBern Border

Required units

Florina, Kent, Lyn, Sain, Wil

New units




Previous chapter(s)

Band of Mercenaries

Next chapter(s)

Beyond the Borders

I'm looking for my husband...I heard he was in this area. He said he was going to raise money to have my leg mended.... He's a kindhearted man, but I think he might be involved in something dangerous.... His name is Dorcas. Do you know of him?
— Natalie

In Occupation's Shadow (Japanese: 生業の影で In Occupation's Shadow) is the fourth chapter in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. Lyn and her allies decide to rest for the night and encounter Natalie, who is injured. Unfortunately, the Ganelon bandits are close by.


Main article: In Occupation's Shadow/Script

After defeating the bandits led by Migal, Lyn and co. decide to rest for the night in an abandoned fortress. Inside the fortress Lyn encounters Natalie, a woman who, though injured from a childhood sickness, has traveled from her nearby village in search of her husband, Dorcas, who she fears has gotten himself involved in dangerous work for her sake. Natalie presents a sketch of Dorcas to Lyn but she tells Natalie that she has not seen Dorcas. Natalie requests that if Lyn does see him, that she tell Dorcas that "Natalie is looking for him." Lyn promises to deliver her message if she does encounter him.

Soon after, the Ganelon Bandits, lead by Carjiga, gather outside and prepare to attack. Kent informs Lyn that they are under attack. Sain suggests they confront them head on; however, Lyn declines Sain's idea as doing so would leave Natalie vulnerable. Lyn then decides that they should fight with their main goal being to protect Natalie. During the battle—necessarily in Normal Mode, and at the player's discretion in Hard Mode—Lyn recognizes Dorcas and reprimands him for enlisting in such underhanded work. Dorcas admits he did it so he could afford medicine for his wife. Lyn then mentions that they are protecting Natalie inside the fortress right now, instantly convincing him to fight on her side

After seven turns pass, the bandits give up and flee the battlefield. If Dorcas was not recruited, he remains on the field, where Lyn recognizes him and informs him Natalie is in the fortress; Dorcas and Natalie then reunite. If Dorcas was not recruited or fell in battle, Dorcas informs Lyn that he and Natalie will be returning to their village, and Lyn wishes them well. If he was recruited and did not fall in battle, Dorcas tells Lyn that he will take Natalie home and return tomorrow, as he has been invited by Mark to fight for Lyn. The group then returns to the fortress to rest for the night.

Chapter data

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Protect Natalie for 7 turns Player Partner Other Enemy
Defeat: Lyn or Natalie dies 5+1 {{{partner}}} {{{other}}} 14+11−1
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Character data

New units
Portrait dorcas fe07.png
Hand Axe
Enemy, talk to with Lyn
Required characters
Lyn ​
Available characters
Kent ​Sain ​Wil ​Florina ​

Item data

Name Obtainment Method
Is gba iron axe.png Iron Axe Dropped by an enemy Brigand
(Unavoidable on Normal)

Enemy data

Stats with two figures separated by a ~ are presented as a range, representing stats that vary due to random growths. The figures to the left and right of the ~ are the stat's minimum and maximum possible values respectively.
Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # HP Str/Mag Mag Skill Spd Lck Prf Def Res Cha Lck Con Mov Inventory and Skills
Ma gba brigand enemy.gif Carjiga Brigand 8 1 27 6 5 4 2 7 0 15 5 Steel Axe
Does not move.
Ma gba brigand enemy.gif Bandit Brigand 2 3 20~21 3~4 0~1 5~6 0 3~4 0~1 12 5 Iron Axe
The northwest one moves to destroy breakable terrain, then moves to attack units unprovoked.
Ma gba archer enemy.gif Bandit Archer 1 2 18 2 3 3 0 3 0 7 5 Iron Bow
• The southeast one moves to attack units in range.
• The southwest one moves to destroy breakable terrain, then moves to attack units unprovoked.
Ma gba brigand enemy.gif Bandit Brigand 1 3 20 3 0 5 0 3 0 12 5 Iron Axe
Ma gba mercenary enemy.gif Bandit Mercenary 1 1 17 3 8 5 0 4 0 9 5 Iron Sword
Ma gba mercenary enemy.gif Bandit Mercenary 2 1 17~18 3~4 8~9 5~6 0 4~5 0~1 9 5 Iron Sword
Moves to destroy breakable terrain, then moves to attack units unprovoked.
Ma gba brigand enemy.gif Bandit Brigand 3 1 21~22 3~5 0~1 5~6 0 3~4 0~1 12 5 Iron Axe
Moves to attack units in range.
Ma gba brigand enemy.gif Bandit Brigand 2 1 20~21 5~6 1~2 5~6 0 3~4 0~1 12 5 Iron AxeThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Ma gba fighter enemy.gif Dorcas Fighter 3 1 30 7 7 6 3 3 0 14 5 Hand Axe Vulnerary
Moves toward and only attacks Lyn.
Name Class Lv # HP Str/Mag Mag Skill Spd Lck Prf Def Res Cha Lck Con Mov Inventory and Skills
Ma gba brigand enemy.gif Bandit Brigand 1 1 20 4 1 5 0 3 0 12 5 Iron Axe
Ma gba mercenary enemy.gif Bandit Mercenary 1 5 18 2 7 8 0 4 0 9 5 Iron Sword
Ma gba brigand enemy.gif Bandit Brigand 2 5 19~20 4~5 1~2 2~3 0 3~4 0~1 12 5 Iron Axe


  • Other phase of turn 2, if Carjiga was defeated
    • 1 Brigand from the southeastern corner of the map
  • Player phase of turns 3–7
    • 1 Mercenary from the northeastern corner of the map
    • 1 Brigand from the southwestern corner of the map

NPC data

NPC Units
Name Class Lv # HP Str/Mag Mag Skill Spd Lck Prf Def Res Cha Lck Con Mov Inventory and Skills
Ma gba civilian female01 other.gif Natalie Civilian 1 1 10 0 0 0 0 2 -1 25 5 --
• Does not move.
• Death results in a Game Over.

Boss data

Main article: Carjiga
Portrait carjiga fe07.png
Ma gba brigand enemy.gif Brigand
Level 8
Affinity --
Max HP 27 Luck 2
Strength 6 Defense 7
Skill 5 Resistance 0
Speed 4 Constitution 15
Movement 5 Aid 14
Steel Axe
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances -- Axes C Bows --
Anima magic -- Light magic -- Dark magic -- Staves --


This chapter has no augury. Hannah will offer her services beginning in Chapter 14.
This section details unofficial strategies that may help with completion of the chapter. This may not work for everybody.

In normal mode, you will be forced to move Lyn to cover the east entrance and recruit Dorcas on the following turn. You will also be prevented from moving any units outside the fortress on turn 1. After recruiting Dorcas, the game forces you to attack with the Hand Axe. After this tutorial, you are free to finish the chapter however you see fit.

Kent and Sain should be able to handle the axe-fighters approaching from the south and the reinforcements approaching from the same direction. After Dorcas is recruited and the fighter behind him has been defeated, leave Florina behind to guard the east entrance from the Mercenary reinforcements. Wil can be used anywhere to help weaken enemies for underleveled units or bait the archer near Carjiga. The enemies on the west can be managed by one of the cavaliers and Wil.

You can send one of the cavaliers to handle the boss, however doing so will only give a large sum of exp and will not stem the flow of reinforcements or end the chapter early. Furthermore, Sain or Kent will have to spend an additional turn getting back to the fortress to take care of any remaining units. The cavalier that is sent to kill the boss will need to have eight speed and enough HP and defense to potentially survive two hits from the Carjiga's Steel Axe in order to secure a quick and easy kill.

The safest approach to beating this chapter is to line up the cavaliers in the hallway just south of Natalie, move the other units behind them, and wait out the rest of the time there, healing the cavalier in the front with Vulneraries as needed. This method is fast but will severely limit the amount of experience units can obtain.

In hard mode, you are no longer forced to recruit Dorcas but doing so is still a good idea as having access to a weapon with 1-2 range can be very helpful and it removes one unit from the enemy's ranks without using a weapon. Other than that, the strategy is essentially the same for clearing the chapter.


  • Some of the reinforcement Brigands in this chapter possess a C weapon level in swords despite never wielding anything but Iron Axes. This occurs because they share their character data with mercenaries that also appear in the chapter.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology, and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology, and notes

In Occupation's Shadow




In Occupation's Shadow


Sombra de la ocupación

In occupation's shadow





Schatten d. Besatzung

Shadow of Occupation


L'ombra della conquista

Shadow of conquest


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