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Shadows Behind the Scenes

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Shadows Behind the Scenes

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New units




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Abducted Princess

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Joy and Sorrow

Shadows Behind the Scenes (Japanese: 暗躍する影たち Shadows Operating Behind the Scenes) is the first side quest in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem. In order to reach this chapter, the player must either complete the previous chapter in a certain number of turns depending upon difficulty or complete the Prologue with one allied casualty or less.


Main articles: Shadows Behind the Scenes/Script and Shadows Behind the Scenes/Conversations

A group of assassins led by Clarisse sets out to kill every one of Marth's former allies in the War of Shadows, starting with Wrys. As the Altean army approaches to save him, Katarina warns her not to underestimate Marth's forces. Marth and his allies successfully drive off the assassins and rescue Wrys, who offers to shave Kris's head bald.

Chapter data

Normal Hard/Maniac/Lunatic

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Seize Player Partner Other Enemy
Defeat: Marth or Kris dies 1–6+1 {{{partner}}} {{{other}}} 9+2−1
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Map dimensions:
30 columns by 6 rows

Character data

New units
Portrait wrys fe12.png
Automatically from turn 1
Required characters
Marth ​
Available characters
Kris m ​Ryan ​Luke ​Roderick ​Gordin ​Cecil ​Draug ​Arran ​Marisha ​Catria ​Warren ​Cord ​Linde ​Palla ​Bord ​Julian ​Matthis ​
Wrys retains any stat gains he acquired in the prologues.

Enemy data

Stats with a decimal can vary randomly; the decimal represents the chance for the stat to increase to the nearest integer, or otherwise be truncated.

Normal Hard Maniac Lunatic

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Prf Def Res Cha Lck Con Mov Inventory and Skills
Ma ds02 sniper female enemy.gif Clarisse Sniper 5 1 32 11 1 14 15 0 12 4 -- Silver Bow
• Stands on a gate, the chapter's seize point.
• Leaves the map on the enemy phase of turn 2.
Ma ds02 knight enemy.gif Assassin Knight 3 6 20.8 7.6 0 5.6 1.4 0 9.4 0.2 5 Iron Lance
The one nearest Wrys immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma ds02 archer enemy.gif Assassin Archer 3 2 17.6 6.4 0 3.6 4.6 0 5.4 0.2 5 Steel Bow
Name Class Lv # HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Prf Def Res Cha Lck Con Mov Inventory and Skills
Ma ds02 knight enemy.gif Assassin Knight 3 2 20.8 7.6 0 5.6 1.4 0 9.4 0.2 5 Iron Lance


Boss data

Stats with a decimal can vary randomly; the decimal represents the chance for the stat to increase to the nearest integer, or otherwise be truncated.
Main article: Clarisse

Normal Hard Maniac Lunatic

Portrait clarisse fe12.png
Ma ds02 sniper female enemy.gif Sniper
Level 5
Movement --
Max HP 32 Speed 15
Strength 11 Luck 0
Magic 1 Defense 12
Skill 14 Resistance 4
Silver Bow
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances -- Axes --
Bows B Tomes -- Staves --


This section details unofficial strategies that may help with completion of the chapter. This may not work for everybody.

In order to access this side quest, the player must have either cleared the Prologue losing no more than one unit, or cleared Chapter 3 in a certain number of turns. The turn count of the latter requirement varies by difficulty, as follows:

Difficulty Turn count
Normal 24
Hard 28
Maniac 35
Lunatic 38
Lunatic′ 43

Wrys starts off dead smack in the middle of the map with a Knight and Archer driving him into a pincer. If you haven't killed or otherwise dealt with them by about turn 4, he's getting penned in the dead book. To avoid this, you need to butcher the five men closest to you on turn 1 and send in a Pegasus Knight to kill Wrys' pursuers on turn 2. Palla can easily pick off the northern Archer. If Marth has 13 Speed and a decently forged Rapier, he can take care of one of the Knights. Cavalier Kris can dart in and kill the southern Archer, and two solid units can tag team one more Knight. This leaves you in a pickle, as none of your other units are likely to be able to reliably deal with the last Knight. You can reclass Arran to a Sniper and bank on a 12% crit, or you can use the Master Seal to promote one of your units early for a significant power boost. Either way, once they are taken care of, Palla can go across the southern mountains to intercept the Knight while Kris can draw the Archer away, and you can take the east half of the map at your own pace.


  • Although it may appear impossible to reach Clarisse due to her fleeing after a few turns in the chapter, it is possible to reach her using an Anew staff obtained from the online shop while it was still in service. As such she has encounter and defeat quotes.[1]

Etymology and other languages

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

Lurking Shadows

Used in the Heroes of Shadow fan translation patch.



Shadows Operating Behind the Scenes


  1. Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo,, Retrieved: November 11, 2022
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