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|“||I must note that I am personally against entrusting someone as lacking in trackable history as yourself with such a task, but it is what the archbishop desires.||”|
— Seteth, to Byleth.
Seteth (pronounced /'sɛtɛθ/[key]) is a character appearing in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. He is a member of the Church of Seiros and the personal aide of Archbishop Rhea. His true identity is Saint Cichol (pronounced /ˈkihoʊl/[key]), a child of the goddess and father of Saint Cethleann.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Fire Emblem: Three Houses
- 3 Personality and character
- 4 Supports
- 5 Endings
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Other appearances
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Etymology and other languages
- 10 Gallery
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Seteth, born Cichol, was one of the Children of the Goddess that lived in Zanado. After surviving the massacre perpetuated by Nemesis and those who slither in the dark, he, along with his daughter Cethleann, joined forces with Seiros as one of the legendary Four Saints, gifting his blood to Seiros' Adrestian allies. Cethleann was badly injured in the battle with Nemesis in the War of Heroes and fell into a coma for several centuries, so Cichol went into hiding in order to protect her. Eventually, in the 1100s, he came to Garreg Mach Monastery and became an administrator for the Church of Seiros under the alias Seteth, eventually becoming the Church's second-in-command under Seiros, now going by the name Rhea. In 1179, Cethleann woke from her coma and took up residence at the monastery under the alias Flayn.
Seteth spends the year of 1180 managing the Church and giving Byleth missions for each month. He initially distrusts Byleth due to their cryptic origins and sudden appointment to the post of teacher, but they earn his respect after saving Flayn from being kidnapped by the Death Knight. When Princess Edelgard von Hresvelg of Adrestia declares war on the Church, Seteth fights in the Battle of Garreg Mach on the Church's side, but is defeated.
On all routes other than Crimson Flower, Seteth returns to the monastery on the day of the millennium festival and accompanies Byleth throughout the war with the Empire. On the Silver Snow route, Seteth becomes Byleth's second-in-command and helps handle logistical and grand-strategic concerns. On the Crimson Flower route, after the fall of the Leicester Alliance, Seteth leads Flayn, non-recruited Shamir and Alois, and the Knights of Seiros in a counterattack on Garreg Mach Monastery. He and Flayn can either be killed outright, or spared and driven back into hiding.
Seteth is a playable character automatically recruited in Chapter 12 on the Church of Seiros, Blue Lions and Golden Deer routes, and a recurring enemy on the Crimson Flower route.
Starting stats and growth rates
Main story P: An Ocean View, Normal P: An Ocean View, Hard P: An Ocean View, Maddening
Enemy - Black Eagles Chapter 12
Normal Hard Maddening
Enemy - Crimson Flower Chapter 15
Normal Hard Maddening
Growth rates when reclassed
- Main article: Seteth/Stats
|Guardian||Personal ability, innate and unremovable|
|Sword Prowess||Innate; replaced with higher levels at C+, B+, and A+|
|Sword Crit +10||S|
|Lance Prowess||Innate; replaced with higher levels at A+|
|Lance Crit +10||S|
|Axe Prowess||Innate; replaced with higher levels at B+ and A+|
|Axe Crit +10||S|
|Bow Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Bow Crit +10||S|
|Brawling Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Brawl Crit +10||S|
|Reason||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Black Magic Range +1||S|
|Faith||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|White Magic Range +1||S|
|Authority||Innate; replaced with higher levels at A+|
|Armored Effect Null||S+|
|Cavalry Effect Null||S+|
|Flying Effect Null||S+|
|The above ability list does not include class abilities, or abilities and combat arts that are granted by items.|
Seteth, despite being a relatively late recruitment joining in Chapter 12, is a solid unit with strong bases and a great base class in Wyvern Rider. Having flier mobility and stats to take on virtually any enemy at base is a boon virtually no other units have. On top of this, with a dedicated month of training in lances in Part II, Seteth can reach an A-rank by Chapter 14 and obtain Swift Strikes, one of the best combat arts in the game. At the cost of 4 weapon durability, Swift Strikes allows Seteth to attack twice consecutively with any lance, meaning he can essentially take out nearly any enemy in one round on the player phase, barring enemy monsters or enemy units with insanely high defense. Seteth's Major Crest of Cichol, while not useful for its occasional ability to nullify counterattacks when using combat arts since Swift Strikes usually kills anyway, allows him to use Lúin and the Lance of Ruin with Swift Strikes without the 10 HP penalty, granting him more certain kills by way of the Relics' higher might without the penalty of a riskier enemy phase. Seteth's one shortcoming is his late recruitment. Upon joining, Seteth faces competition from player units who have been trained, and thus had the benefit of tutoring and the ability to get class mastery skills, since Chapter 2. By Chapter 12, the player likely has several units with skills like Death Blow, Hit +20, and Reposition, none of which Seteth has at base. Moreover, the player also likely has flying units who have better stats than Seteth. Not to mention, Sylvain, another user of Swift Strikes, has much better availability in all routes, provided Byleth is female, and has a Crest that boosts his damage with Swift Strikes, making him simply better than Seteth. Nonetheless, Seteth is more than worthy of the fairly minimal investment to make him an excellent offensive powerhouse and will easily become one of the best units in Part II by virtue of Swift Strikes alone. This is especially true in Verdant Wind, where Seteth is the only Swift Strikes user who is recruited for free without needing to make Byleth female or train Byleth's weapon levels. Even on Silver Snow and Azure Moon, Seteth can still be deployed in addition to Ferdinand and Sylvain once he obtains Swift Strikes.
When it comes to class promotions, Seteth is best off focusing on maximizing his damage output with Swift Strikes which can be achieved via two paths. The most obvious path for Seteth to follow is from his base class of Wyvern Rider to Wyvern Lord. Out of all physically-oriented classes, Wyvern Lord is undoubtedly the best as it has amazing class modifiers, plus four to Speed and Strength, and amazing mobility, making it an obvious but effective class for Seteth to strive for. Seteth already possesses fairly high ranks in lances, axes, and flying so he should be able to make it to promotion within a few in game months should he receive a decent amount of attention during instruction sessions and be set on the Sky Watch group task. Another path to follow is to reclass Seteth to a Cavalier, a class he has unlocked at base, and train him to become a Paladin for inherent Lancefaire. Factoring in Lancefaire, Paladin essentially has a +7 modifier to Strength as compared to Wyvern Lord's general +4, meaning Paladin will always beat Wyvern Lord in raw damage output with lances. Moreover, Swift Strikes is such a great offensive option to the point that it renders Seteth's offensive options with axes moot, so exclusive focus on lances with Seteth is actually optimal. Class changing to Paladin also allows Seteth to equip ground battalions, which are more plentiful and generally better than flying ones, and guard adjutants for better odds of surviving enemy phases. Seteth does have an unfortunate weakness in Riding and starts at E-rank, but changing his only skill goal to Riding, setting him to stable duty, and training his Riding rank in instruction sessions should get him to a C+ within 4 months, which will allow him to attempt the certification with a high chance of passing. It is also recommended that Seteth obtain Death Blow by mastering Brigand, a feat he can accomplish in a few auxiliary battles should he be given the Knowledge Gem after the player spends renown at the Saint Cethleann Statue to get extra class experience.
Personality and character
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Seteth highly values order and discipline. Although he is wary of Rhea's decision to entrust Byleth with a position at the Officers Academy, he respects her judgement. As the aide of Archbishop Rhea of the Church of Seiros, he provides guidance and wisdom to the residents of Garreg Mach.
He dotes on Flayn, to the point of overprotectiveness. He strives to keep her away from things such as philanderers, harm, and Hanneman. His relationship with Flayn is one of his most defining traits, often meddling in her affairs almost to an excessive degree in an attempt to keep her safe, to Flayn's dismay. He cares deeply for her, writing fables and books for her enjoyment.
He enjoys fishing as a pastime, a trait he picked up from his late wife, though as he admits in his supports with Leonie, he is not particularly skilled at the sport and instead simply enjoys the tranquility.
Seteth does not divulge his past easily, and shields himself with his stern demeanor and dutiful serving of the church prevents many from uncovering anything about his past. With that said, there are some things he doesn't mind sharing, such as being widowed.
In reality, he's one of the four saints who fought alongside Seiros during the War of Heroes. His true identity is Saint Cichol, the brother of Seiros and father of Cethleann. He's a seasoned veteran with plenty of battlefield experience, having survived the War of Heroes. As Cichol, he's depicted wielding the Spear of Assal and the Ochain Shield, and during his time at the monastery he trained his own battalion, which is comprised of Garreg Mach's elite wyvern riders, hand picked by himself. His identity as one of the children of the Goddess is why he does not tell of his past to others.
- Main article: Seteth/Supports
Seteth, Heir of Purpose/Ally of the Archbishop
Seteth remained at the monastery and worked to restore the authority of the Church of Seiros. Doing away with his old strictness, he adopted a tolerant stance toward all. His encouragement of believers to respect those of other faiths helped the people of Fódlan to find common ground with others.
Seteth, Heir of Purpose & Byleth, Wandering Flame (Silver Snow)
After ascending the throne as the first queen of the United Kingdom of Fódlan, Byleth appointed Seteth as her prime minister. As they set about the grand task of restoring Fódlan, the prime minister's strictness combined with the queen's magnanimity won the people over easily. Their personalities complemented one another perfectly in dealings with obstinate lords. When their long work was done, they finally announced their marriage, to the shock and delight of their subjects. The people considered themselves truly blessed to be governed by such a union.
Seteth, Heir of Purpose & Bernadetta, Eternal Loner (Verdant Wind)
After the war, Seteth remained at the monastery and dedicated himself to the restoration of the church. He was soon joined by Bernadetta, who abandoned her inheritance to House Varley and took up residence at Garreg Mach to commit to a life as a recluse. As the years wore on, Seteth wrote many fables, first in his spare time, and then later as his main preoccupation. His stories became famous among children throughout Fódlan. As he gained renown, many began to inquire about the wonderful illustrations that accompanied the writing. In response to these questions, Seteth was known to shrug and say, "Ask my wife...if you can find her."
Seteth, Ally of the Archbishop & Ingrid, Stalwart Knight (Azure Moon)
Ingrid declined to rule House Galatea, choosing instead to serve House Blaiddyd as a knight. As Faerghus worked with the Chuch of Seiros to advance policy, Ingrid served as an envoy between the two. In this capacity, she met routinely with Seteth, whose complete trust in Ingrid resulted in fruitful negotiations. Together, Faergus and the church coordinated extensive relief efforts to return prosperity to Fódlan. After they had accomplished what they set out to do, it is said that Ingrid and Seteth settled down together in a small village, where they spent their days in peace, farming and fishing.
Seteth, Heir of Purpose & Hilda, Free Spirit
After the war, Seteth dedicated himself to the restoration of the church. He continued to write fables for children in his spare time, but became dissatisfied with the hobby due to a lack of quality illustrations for his work. When Hilda learned of this, she jumped at the chance to visit Garreg Mach and illustrate some of Seteth's newer stories for him, The completed fables were distributed far and wide, and children who loved them eventually passed the famous and beloved works on to their own children and grandchildren.
Leonie, The Blade Breaker II & Seteth, Heir of Purpose / Ally of the Archbishop
While Seteth remained at the monastery after the war to restore the Church of Seiros, Leonie wandered the land in pursuit of her dream to become an elite mercenary. It seemed as if their paths would never cross again. Years later, after they had achieved their goals, both retired and disappeared from the public eye at the same time, as if it had been prearranged. Though no official records of their lives after that time exist, it is rumored that a happy couple resembling them was sighted in a small mountain village. The couple was known for their excellent fishing skills, and for cooking up their bountiful catches for all the local villagers and travelers.
Seteth, Heir of Purpose & Flayn, Slumbering Princess
While Flayn disappeared soon after the war, Seteth stayed at the monastery and worked to restore the authority of the Church of Seiros. Doing away with his old strictness, he adopted a tolerant stance toward all, and encouraged his followers to do the same. When he was satisfied that the message was received, he vanished from the monastery. Several centuries later, a man and a woman in ancient attire emerged to a Fódlan that had drastically changed. When she asked the man beside her if it would be all right in this new era to call him "Father," he said that perhaps it would be better to remain on the safe side.
Seteth, Ally of the Archbishop & Manuela, Divine Songstress
After the war, Seteth remained at the monastery to rebuild the church. Several years of hard restorative work later, he received a letter from Manuela. She wrote that she had traveled to a small, war-torn town and opened up a school for children. Reminded of the beauty and compassion in Manuela's heart, Seteth was moved to leave the monastery and join her there. As they worked together to manage the budding institution, the couple fell in love and eventually were married. It is said that their students were overjoyed.
Seteth, Heir of Purpose & Catherine, Free Knight
After the war, Seteth fully confessed his love to Catherine and asked her to marry him. Refusing to remain at the monastery, however, Catherine declined. Over the years, as Seteth worked to rebuild the church, he continued to write love letters to Catherine. Her answer was always the same. Finally, when the rebuilding effort was complete, Seteth left the church and went to see her, declaring his love anew. With no more reason to refuse him, she at last accepted his proposal. The two were wed, and swore to walk side by side together through the new age.
|“||I will show no mercy to anyone who attacks Rhea!||”|
— Seteth, as an enemy in Black Eagles Chapter 12.
|“||Traitor! I will not forgive you for turning on Rhea!||”|
— Seteth, as an enemy fighting Byleth in Black Eagles Chapter 12.
|“||Trespassing on holy ground is a grave sin indeed. You must atone for it with your life!||”|
— Seteth, as an enemy in Crimson Flower Chapter 15.
|“||It saddens me to face you on the field of battle, after all you've done for Flayn. I cannot approve of your actions. But I also cannot follow Rhea on her current course. It may not change anything, but allow me to make a promise to you. If Flayn and I survive this battle, we will withdraw from the world and leave you to do as you please.||”|
— Seteth, as an enemy fighting Byleth in Crimson Flower Chapter 15.
|“||Seteth: You will not escape, Death Knight. Today you will be unmasked!
Death Knight: My true identity has no value.
Seteth: I will be the judge of that, once I've seen your face.
— Seteth, fighting the Death Knight in Silver Snow Chapter 17/Verdant Wind Chapter 18/Azure Moon Chapter 20.
|“||Seteth: Edelgard! Return Rhea! Release your grip on Fódlan!
Edelgard: If you strike me down, they will return. I cannot permit what you desire. You are a child of the goddess. You must not be allowed power over the people!
— Seteth, fighting Edelgard in Silver Snow Chapter 19/Verdant Wind Chapter 20.
|“||I will inherit the pride of Nabatea. Rest in peace by Sothis's side!||”|
— Seteth, fighting the Immaculate One in Silver Snow Chapter 21.
|“||The Wind Caller: Are these your companions?
Seteth: They are indeed. I should tell you that Seiros is in a precarious state right now.
The Wind Caller: I will not assist you. I have lived apart from the world of man, which disgusts me so. This war disgusts me also.
Seteth: I thought you might say as much. That is regrettable.
— Seteth, fighting the Wind Caller in The Sleeping Sand Legend.
|“||Seteth: You seem to be holding back. Thank you for that.
The Immovable: Hmph. Do not flatter me. My power is not what it once was. The best I can do nowadays is to have fun meddling with humans who wander in here.
Seteth: I see. We were hoping you might help us, but it seems that may be too difficult.
— Seteth, fighting the Immovable in Legend of the Lake.
|“||You shall not survive!||”|
|“||Do not try to resist!||”|
|“||Just a hindrance!||”|
|“||Judgement is passed!||”|
|“||How can this be?||”|
— Seteth's retreat quote as a playable character in Part I.
|“||I have lived many years...yet there was still more I wished to do.||”|
— Seteth's death quote in classic mode as a playable character in Part II.
|“||I cannot allow myself to fall here... My role is too important.||”|
— Seteth's retreat quote in casual mode as a playable character in Part II, and in classic mode in Silver Snow.
|“||Seteth: I cannot yield...
Flayn: Seteth! Please, do not overextend yourself! I am still in this fight!
Seteth: I'm sorry, Flayn. Withdraw if you must!
— Seteth's retreat quote as an enemy in Black Eagles Chapter 12.
|“||I'm sorry, Rhea... For Flayn's sake, I must take my leave to retreat...||”|
— Seteth's retreat quote as an enemy if spared in Crimson Flower Chapter 15.
|“||I'm sorry, Flayn... I couldn't protect you...||”|
— Seteth's death quote as an enemy if killed in Crimson Flower Chapter 15.
- Main article: Seteth/Quotes
Seteth appears as an Advanced support spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate using his art from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. When equipped to an AI character, Seteth increases their power for the first part of the match. When equipped to a playable character, he increases the power of attack made in the air.
Fire Emblem Series
|Trait: Air Attack ↑
Slightly increases the power of items and attacks used in the air.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Seteth is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Seteth|
|Assistant to the Archbishop of the Church, Seteth|
|"Due to my position, I have closely scrutinized everything about you. After all that has happened, I must admit that you are indeed... a trusted ally."|
|Attack: 70||Support: 30||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 5|
|Class: Wyvern Rider||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 4|
|Battalion Desperation: [Trigger]  When you deploy this unit, you may pay the cost and if you do: Choose as many allies and enemies as you wish, and move them.|
Defender of the Church of Seiros: [Trigger] At the start of your turn, you may return this unit to your hand. If you do, choose up to 1 non-"Seteth" card from your hand, and deploy it.
|Card #B19-044SR • Artist: Daisuke Izuka|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Seteth .
- In the game's data, there's an unused variation of Seteth's S-rank support illustration which despicts Byleth with darker hair. For plot related reasons, this is only possible in the Crimson Flower route, the only path where Seteth can't be recruited.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Seteth||Likely a corruption of "Seth", a Hebrew name meaning "appointed".|
|Dutch||Seteth||Used in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.|
|Russian||Сетет||Seteth; used in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.|
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Cichol||From the Irish mythological figure Cichol Gricenchos, the earliest mentioned leader of the Fomorians.|
Artwork of Seteth from Three Houses.
High quality portrait artwork of Seteth from Three Houses.
Concept art of Seteth from Three Houses.
- Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Seth (1), www.behindthename.com, Retrieved: 28 February 2020
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|