|“||And so we are [shepherds]...in a manner of speaking. We just have a LOT of sheep.||”|
The Shepherds (Japanese: クロム自警団 Chrom's vigilantes) are a militia based in the Halidom of Ylisse. The group is convened and led by Prince Chrom, with the assistance of his lieutenant Frederick, and are tasked primarily with the self-defense of the realm.
In response to increasing aggression and border encroachments from neighboring Plegia, the Shepherds were convened to assist with the defense of Ylisse, as following the reign of Chrom and Emmeryn's father Ylisse was left without much of a military of its own. Their duties expanded quickly to incorporate more general protection of the people of Ylisse from other threats such as bandits and Risen; the Shepherds were the first to encounter the Risen when they first started appearing in the world. In the lead-up to and during the war with King Gangrel of Plegia, Chrom and the Shepherds spearheaded Ylissean diplomacy efforts with Ferox and, in conjunction with the Feroxi army under Khans Basilio and Flavia, led the Ylissean war effort against both Plegia and, two years later, the Valmese Empire.
- This list contains only members of the Shepherds at the start of the game. Every character who joins the player's party becomes a member of the Shepherds.
Etymology and other names
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|Krom's Vigilantes||Widely used prior to the English release of Awakening.|
|Spanish||Custodios de Ylisse||Guardians of Ylisse|
- "Chrom: Plegia is Ylisse's westerly neighbor. They send small bands into our territory, hoping to instigate a war.
Lissa And it's the poor townsfolk who suffer! Totally innocent, and totally helpless...
Frederick They do have us, milady: Shepherds to protect the sheep." — Chrom, Lissa and Frederick, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "Tomorrow we march to Regna Ferox to request additional soldiers. But there's something you should know first. ...Not everything Gangrel said was a lie. The last exalt, my father, waged war on Plegia for many years. The violence... It was a brutal campaign, ending only with his death 15 years ago. Plegia rightfully remembers their suffering, but his war was no kinder to his own people. As the fighting dragged on, our army became more and more diminished. Farmers who could barely wield a pitchfork were conscripted and sent to their deaths. Soon there was no food at all, and the kingdom began to collapse. I was young, but I remember those dark times. ...I know how they affected Emmeryn." — Chrom, Fire Emblem Awakening