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|“||I am Prince Shannan of Isaach. However, I am currently hiding my identity. Forget that you saw me...||”|
— Shanam to Mareeta in Chapter 15: The Two Paths
Shanam initially is mentioned during Chapter 13: The Stronghold. He then appears in a cutscene during Chapter 14: Open Fire, as an enemy during Chapter 15: The Two Paths, and later Chapter 16B: The Dark Forest. He can be spoken to and recruited by Homer during his 16B appearance.
Shanam settles into Tahra and successfully fools the populace into thinking that he is Prince Shannan. Using his physical resemblance to the prince, he gains the favor of the locals and is given gifts and the affection of the local ladies. While he is lounging at the inn and preparing to leave Tahra, the bard Homer tells him the locals will dislike him if he does not assist with the defense of the city. Shanam claims that he is the prince of Isaach, and that he cannot be away from his home country for long, but Homer sees through his ruse. Homer doesn't blow his cover to the locals, and admits he does not blame Shanam for fleeing. Shanam then leaves Tahra, managing to avoid the Empire's full assault by a hair's breadth.
Shanam then apparently comes into the employ of a group of mountain bandits near Tahra. While he cannot be recruited at this point, Mareeta will learn the Astra skill in a somewhat comedic event if she talks to him. During the conversation Mareeta asks him to teach her the Astra skill. Shanam obliges, despite not knowing said skill, by giving her vague advice about "your skill and your heart". Mareeta then somehow teaches herself the skill using his advice, to Shanam's confusion.
Later, Shanam becomes a mercenary working for the Loptr Church in Melfiye Forest. During the battle he may be spoken to and recruited by Homer. Shanam tells Homer that he was only working for the Loptrians due to running out of money and gladly abandons them for Leif's company.
Shanam accompanies Leif's liberation army until at least the liberation of Munster. His involvement, if any, with the war after Leif's forces merged with Seliph's is unknown, as he does not directly appear in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.
Starting stats and growth rates
Shanam is a swordmaster that joins in chapter 16B of Thracia 776. Because of his awful bases and 0 FCC, along with no useful skills for combat, Shanam will contribute nothing in his joining chapter. Though he has a high strength and speed growth, his bases are so low at the point he joins in that they will not help him much, not to mention his horrible durability.
Shanam is the only character in the game with the Bargain skill, which allows him to purchase items from vendors and armories at a discount, though unfortunately there are not many shops selling useful items left beyond the point where he joins, and you would have likely amassed enough gold at this point to make his contribution unnecessary.
Personality and character
Despite his imitation of the prince of Isaach, Shanam does not rival the man in skill or confidence. According to Homer, Shanam also sounds nothing like Shannan. He does, however, have more than a passing resemblance to Shannan physically. When Mareeta requests that he teach her the Astra skill, which he does not know, he gives her vague advice in an attempt to maintain his cover.
While Shanam does take work as a mercenary, he primarily uses his looks to mooch off of people fooled by his appearance.
Shanam, Boastful Myrmidon
Instead of working for the New Kingdom of Thracia, Shanam returned to his hometown in Isaach. He then quit being a mercenary and lived a normal life.
|“||Leif... Forgive me...||”|
|“||Hmph... That was too easy.||”|
Fire Emblem Cipher
Shanam is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Shanam|
|Blade Braggart, Shanam|
||"The most vital element of Astra is your heart. You must let your heart flow through your technique! (Ugh, how am I saying such drivel...?)"|
|Attack: 60||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Swordmaster||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|"I'm Prince Shannan.": [Trigger] When you deploy this unit, this turn, this unit is treated as if his unit name is "Shannan".|
A lesson in Astra?: [Trigger] [Discard your entire hand] When this unit performs a Critical Hit, you may pay the cost, and if you do: Untap another ally.
|Card #P10-003PR • Artist: Senri Kita|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Shannam .
- A Shannan impersonator also appears in a unique event in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. During Chapter 9, if Janne or Femina visits one of the villages in the northwest of the map, the impersonator will appear, claiming that a shield he possesses is the legendary Balmung.
- Shanam is very similar to Samto from Archanea. While Shanam impersonates Shannan, Samto impersonates Navarre.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|Shanam||Used in the Thracia 776 fan translation.|
|Japanese||シャナム||Shanam, likely deliberately similar to Shannan, the name of the person he impersonates. In-universe, this appears to be coincidental.|
- "Instead of working for the New Kingdom of Thracia, Shanam returned to his hometown in Isaach." — Shanam's ending, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Glade: Hm... What about Prince Shannan? If he is a direct descendant of the Sword Saint Od, he must have power far greater than ours. Why does he refuse to help?
Dean: Oh...him. He apparently has no interest in battles in lower places.
Glade: Hmph, and he spends his time playing with the women, eh? ...We have no choice. We will have to fight on our own." — Glade and Dean during Chapter 13: The Stronghold, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Shanam: Turn your blade away from me if you wish to live. My Astra is not for slaying little girls like you.
Mareeta: Astra? ...That's the legendary technique known to the royalty of Isaach... Then...are you...?
Shanam: Exactly... I am Prince Shannan of Isaac. However, I am currently hiding my identity. Forget that you saw me...
Mareeta: Lord Shannan!
Shanam: Whoa! Wh-What is it? You startled me.
Mareeta: Please teach me the way of the sword! I'm not asking for much... If I can just learn the beginnings of Astra...
Mareeta: Please! I want to become stronger. I have to become stronger!
Shanam: ...Well, just the beginnings, I suppose...
Mareeta: R-Really? Thank you!
Shanam: Hmm, I wasn't expecting this. Well, I'll just give her some random tips and get it over with... Astra is not only about your skill. It is your heart that is important. Once your skill and your heart become one...only then will you be able to perform Astra.
Mareeta:My skill and my heart?
Shanam: Right. First, try swinging your sword.
Mareeta: How should I swing... Can you show me?
Shanam: Erg... N-No, Astra is only learned after hard practice. If you see how it is done, you tend to copy it instead of developing it on your own... Yeah...
Mareeta: Oh, I see... All right, I'll try. Ha!
Shanam: No. Try again.
Shanam: No, no. Your heart is being left behind. Your sword and heart must be in unison. ...I have no idea what I'm saying...
Mareeta: My blade and my heart...in unison... Haaaa! Huh? Did I just...
Shanam: ...... ...What?
Mareeta: ...No, that wasn't it. It can't be this easy. Right, Lord Shannan?
Shanam: Huh? O-Oh! Y-Y-Yeah... O-Of course not. Y-You can't call that Astra...
Mareeta: Good, I thought so...
Shanam: A-Anyway, I taught you the beginnings of it, like I promised. I have to get going.
Mareeta: Yes, thank you very much, Lord Shannan! My blade and my heart in unison...
Shanam: Who the hell is that girl!?" — Shanam and Mareeta, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "...You still don't sound like him at all..." — Homer to Shanam, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Homer: Hey, wait a sec. At least tell me your real name.
Shanam: ...It's Shanam.
Homer: Huh, at least your names sound alike... See ya, Prince Shanam." — Shanam and Homer, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
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