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The Empire's Reach

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The Empire's Reach

Cm fe08 5.png

Location

Serafew

New units

Natasha, Joshua

Boss(es)

Saar

One more thing... A traitor to the empire has fled Castle Grado. We've received reports she is hiding somewhere here in Serafew. I don't care if you have to tear this town apart. Find the turncoat.
— Glen to Saar on Natasha

The Empire's Reach (Japanese: 帝国の影 The Empire's Shadow) is the fifth chapter of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. Eirika reaches the border town Serafew and encounters troops from Grado. She also meets a woman bearing dire news.

Plot

After escaping the monsters of Za'ha Woods, Eirika marks her next destination as Serafew. Serafew is a border town shared between Renais and Grado. However, it is currently completely under occupation by Grado, to the displeasure of many of the town's residents.[1]

The chapter opens with Joshua musing to himself about the local arena, though he is interrupted by a passing cleric. She quickly apologizes to Joshua and continues on her way, to Joshua's disappointment. Joshua decides to go to the arena to gamble some coin. Nearby, Glen of the Imperial Three approaches Saar and tells him to be on the lookout for a deserter.

Eirika and her allies are able to enter the town due to relatively low security, and encounter a mysterious man who asks about an indigo haired girl. Eirika says she has seen no such person and the man moves on. After a moment, another disturbance happens and Eirika and Seth decide to carefully investigate. They see Natasha surrounded by her pursuers. Eirika is confused by the accusations of treason directed towards a cleric. Natasha, seeing her chance, slips past the soldiers and approaches Eirika telling her she bears important news. Eirika tells Natasha to wait until the pursuing Grado soldiers are taken care of.

At the start of the battle, Joshua leaves the arena disappointed that his pocket is lighter than when he entered. One of the nearby soldiers threatens to report him to the captain, though Joshua brushes it off. If Natasha speaks to Joshua, Joshua decides to join Eirika's group to protect Natasha after losing a coinflip wager to her.

At the end of the chapter, after all enemies are defeated, Natasha tells Eirika that Emperor Vigarde and Prince Lyon plan to destroy the Sacred Stones. Natasha learned this information from her mentor before he was executed a few days prior. Seth doesn't entirely believe the story but thinks the information is too dire to ignore, Eirika agrees. If Natasha sustains mortal wounds during the battle she is still able to inform Eirika and Seth of the danger to the Sacred Stones shortly before expiring.

If Eirika's troops prevented all houses from being destroyed by bandits during the chapter a villager speaks to Eirika shortly before she leaves and gifts her with a Guiding Ring out of gratitude.

Beginning log

An ominous wave of dark creatures washes over the continent... Eirika's journey to find her brother, Ephraim, grows ever more perilous. Still, she presses on despite the danger. Her will is strong. The town of Serafew, located on the border of Renais and Grado. The people of both countries have long used the town as a meeting place. It stands as testimony to the friendship the two nations have shared these many years. Now, however, Serafew is teeming with Grado troops.

Chapter data

Chapter Data
Conditions
Unit Data
Victory: Defeat Saar Player Other Enemy
Defeat: Eirika dies 9 0 16+7
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Character data

Characters
New Units
Natasha
Portrait natasha fe08.png
Cleric
HP
18
Level
1
Automatically at preparations
Joshua
Portrait joshua fe08.png
Myrmidon
HP
24
Level
5
Talk with Natasha
Returning Characters

Small portrait eirika fe08.pngSmall portrait seth fe08.pngSmall portrait franz fe08.pngSmall portrait gilliam fe08.pngSmall portrait vanessa fe08.pngSmall portrait moulder fe08.pngSmall portrait ross fe08.pngSmall portrait garcia fe08.pngSmall portrait neimi fe08.pngSmall portrait colm fe08.pngSmall portrait artur fe08.pngSmall portrait lute fe08.png

Item data

Items
Name Obtainment Method
Is gba dragonshield.png Dragonshield Visit southern most village
Is gba armorslayer.png Armorslayer Visit east central village
Is gba secret book.png Secret Book Visit west central village
Is gba torch.png Torch Visit northern most village
Is gba guiding ring.png Guiding Ring Automatically at end of chapter if no villages were destroyed

Shop data

Shop data

Armory Vendor

Enemy data

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma gba archer enemy.gif
Soldier Archer 4 1 Is gba iron bow.png Iron Bow --
Ma gba archer enemy.gif
Soldier Archer 5 2 Is gba iron bow.png Iron Bow --
Ma gba fighter enemy.gif
Soldier Fighter 4 1 Is gba iron axe.png Iron Axe --
Ma gba fighter enemy.gif
Soldier Fighter 5 4 Is gba iron axe.png Iron Axe --
Ma gba mercenary enemy.gif
Soldier Mercenary 6 1 Is gba iron sword.png Iron Sword --
Ma gba soldier enemy.gif
Soldier Soldier 5 4 Is gba iron lance.png Iron Lance --
Ma gba soldier enemy.gif
Soldier Soldier 6 2 Is gba iron lance.png Iron Lance --
Ma gba knight enemy.gif
Saar Knight 8 1 Is gba javelin.png Javelin --
Reinforcements
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma gba myrmidon enemy.gif
Joshua Myrmidon 5 1 Is gba killing edge.png Killing Edge Will not attack Natasha outside of Japan.
Ma gba brigand enemy.gif
Bandit Brigand 4 2 Is gba iron axe.png Iron Axe --
Ma gba brigand enemy.gif
Bandit Brigand 5 2 Is gba iron axe.png Iron Axe --
Ma gba brigand enemy.gif
Bandit Brigand 6 2 Is gba iron axe.png Iron Axe --


Boss data

Main article: Saar

Easy/Normal Hard

Portrait saar fe08.png
Knight
Level 8
Affinity Is gba animaaffin.png
Stats
Max HP 30 Luck 4
Strength 11 Defense 11
Skill 7 Resistance 3
Speed 3 Constitution 13
Movement 4 Aid 12
Inventory
Is gba javelin.png Javelin
Weapon Levels
GBARankSword.gif -- GBARankLance.gif C Axe -- GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif -- GBARankLight.gif -- GBARankDark.gif -- GBARankStaff.gif --

Strategy

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


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This chapter features the first arena in the game. Arenas are not as useful in The Sacred Stones as other games, as alternate less-risky training methods, skirmishes, are available. Feel free to use it for some extra experience but stay aware of the risks.

Recruiting Joshua is less intimidating than it initially appears. He will not harm Natasha, so simply kill any nearby mobile enemies while staying away from Joshua, then simply have Natasha walk up to him. However, this is not true of the Japanese release, an alternate strategy is to unequip Seth's weapons and have him bait Joshua nearer to Natasha so that she may speak to Joshua before he can attack her.

Trivia

Joshua attacking Natasha in the Japanese release.
  • Tethys makes a cameo appearance when visiting the southern most village.
  • Amelia makes a cameo appearance when visiting the northern most village.
  • In the international versions of the game, Joshua is programmed so that he won't attack Natasha. However, that isn't the case in the Japanese version; Joshua will attack Natasha if she is in his movement range.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English The Empire's Reach --
Japanese 帝国の影 The Empire's Shadow

Gallery


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References

  1. "Life in Serafew's been harder since the Grado occupation force took over here. Serafew's got Renais citizens as well as Grado, but it's been hardest on us. They've singled out families from Renais for the most awful atrocities. Please, traveler, take this sword. It's an armorslayer. It'll cut through even the strongest armor. Take it and strike down that blackheart, Saar." — Villager, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Ancient Horrors The Empire's Reach Unbroken Heart


Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Playable characters AmeliaArturColmCormagDozlaDuesselEirikaEphraimEwanFordeFranzGarciaGerikGilliamInnesJoshuaKnollKyleL'ArachelLuteMarisaMoulderMyrrhNatashaNeimiRennacRossSalehSethSyreneTanaTethysVanessa
Creature Campaign characters CaellachFadoGlenHaydenIsmaireLyonOrsonRievSelenaValter
Non-playable characters DaraGradoKlimtLatonaMacGregorManselMonicaNada Kuya
Bosses AiasBazbaBeranBinksBoneBreguetCaellachCarlyleFomortiisGhebLyonMorvaMurrayNovalaO'NeillOrsonPabloRievSaarSelenaTiradoValterVigardeZonta
Sacred Twins and Personal Weapons AudhulmaExcaliburGarmGleipnirIvaldiLatonaNidhoggRapierReginleifSieglindeSiegmundVidofnir
Chapters Pre-split P: The Fall of Renais • 1: Escape! • 2: The Protected • 3: The Bandits of Borgo • 4: Ancient Horrors • 5: The Empire's Reach • 5x: Unbroken Heart • 6: Victims of War • 7: Waterside Renvall • 8: It's a Trap!
Eirika's Route 9: Distant Blade • 10: Revolt at Carcino • 11: Creeping Darkness • 12: Village of Silence • 13: Hamill Canyon • 14: Queen of White Dunes
Ephraim's Route 9: Fort Rigwald • 10: Turning Traitor • 11: Phantom Ship • 12: Landing at Taizel • 13: Fluorspar's Oath • 14: Father and Son
Post-split 15: Scorched Sand • 16: Ruled by Madness • 17: River of Regrets • 18: Two Faces of Evil • 19: Last Hope • 20: Darkling Woods • Final: Sacred Stone (part 1part 2)
Locations MagvelCarcino (Caer Pelyn) • Darkling WoodsFrelia (Tower of Valni) • Grado (Renvall) • Jehanna (Jehanna HallLagdou Ruins) • Rausten (Melkaen Coast) • Renais (Za'ha Woods)
Groups, objects and concepts Five heroesGerik's MercenariesImperial ThreeLegend of the Sacred StonesMonstersSacred StonesSacred TwinsWar of the Stones
Related topics Creature CampaignFire Emblem: The Sacred Stones ComicName chartPre-release information (Prototype buildUnused content) • Sound RoomTimelineWorld map