|The Face Beneath
||How many years has it been since we last spoke? I'm so sorry... I should have come back for you sooner... I'm sure it wasn't pleasant living in House Bartels.
The Face Beneath (Japanese: 隠された素顔 Hidden Face) is a paralogue chapter in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. It is available from Chapter 15 to Chapter 19 and is unavailable on the Crimson Flower route. In order to attempt this paralogue, the player must have recruited Mercedes and Caspar and neither must have fallen in battle previously.
- Main article: The Face Beneath/Script
Caspar reports that Imperial forces have been spotted in the Sealed Forest led by the Death Knight, and an apprehensive Mercedes reveals that she has been thinking about her younger brother Emile. Byleth leads their forces into the forest to drive off the Death Knight. In the forest, Mercedes confronts the Death Knight and asks him to remove his helmet, believing that he is Emile. Imperial reinforcements arrive and order the Death Knight to help them fight Byleth's forces, but the Death Knight refuses, citing a lack of interest in fighting.
Byleth and their companions defeat the Imperial soldiers. Afterwards, Mercedes asks the Death Knight to join their cause, and the Death Knight asks Mercedes to leave Garreg Mach Monastery; neither sibling is willing to back down. The Death Knight gives Mercedes the Heroes' Relic of House Bartels, the Rafail Gem; if Caspar defeated him, he also gifts him his Scythe of Sariel. The Death Knight vows to kill Mercedes the next time they meet before departing. Mercedes blames his upbringing in House Bartels for his current psychotic nature and believes that there is still a kind man within him.
Whispers of Death Knight sightings in Garreg Mach excite Caspar, but Mercedes has a much more pensive reaction. Something must be on her mind...
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- Other characters may be available if the paralogue is attempted later.
- Every non-monster enemy other than the Death Knight begins moving after any unit enters the central forested area.
- Main article: Death Knight
This section details unofficial strategies that may help with completion of the chapter. This may not work for everybody.
Your first order of business is having Caspar take out the Death Knight so you can get his Scythe of Sariel for yourself. The most simple method is to give Caspar the biggest, nastiest axe you can afford, use the Smash combat art, and hope for a critical hit; Caspar has more than enough strength to one-shot him in this manner. Disregarding him, this battle is a fairly straightforward rout map. There's no need to rush, so pull each group in one at a time and overrun them before moving onward. The only thing to worry about is the reinforcements that rush Caspar and Mercedes on turn 10. If at all possible, try to reunite them with the rest of the army by then.
Etymology and other languages
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|Names, etymology and in other regions
||Definition, etymology and notes
||The Face Beneath
||Quand le masque tombe
||When the mask falls
||Das verborgene Antlitz
||The hidden face
||Dietro la maschera
||Behind the mask
Entering the area outlined in red triggers the movement of every non-monster enemy.