The Flame in the Darkness
|“||What's the matter? So shocked you can't even speak? You were so easily fooled by my disguise...||”|
The Flame in the Darkness (Japanese: 炎と闇の蠢動 Wriggling of Flame and Darkness) is the eighth chapter of Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
- Main article: The Flame in the Darkness/Script
Byleth and Jeralt approach Manuela, who explains that the incident in Remire Village was likely caused by dark magic. Afterwards, if Byleth is a member of the Black Eagles, they interrupt a secretive conversation between Edelgard and Hubert about an unidentified previous incident and her plans to ascend the Imperial throne. If Byleth is a member of the Blue Lions, they walk in on a conversation between Dimitri and the previously unidentified accomplice of the Flame Emperor, now revealed to be Lord Arundel. Dimitri explains that Arundel is the regent of the Adrestian Empire, Edelgard's uncle, and his stepmother's older brother, making him and Edelgard stepsiblings. Afterwards, Sothis recalls that Dimitri was investigating Arundel's finances during the incident where Flayn was abducted. If Byleth is a member of the Golden Deer, Claude reveals he has been doing further research on the Heroes' Relics. He finds the Sword of the Creator's lack of a Crest Stone odd, speculates that it had one previously and that the Crest Stones are the source of the Relics' power, shows Byleth a picture of a creature called the Immaculate One, who was supposedly sent by the goddess to save the followers of Seiros, and finishes by postulating that the Crest Stones allow people to transform into forms like that of the Immaculate One. Seteth approaches them, asks if either of them have seen Tomas, identifies the picture of the Immaculate One as part of Tomas' personal collection, and takes the picture away. Claude concludes that the Church really is covering something up.
At the end of the month, Jeralt appears and informs Byleth that the situation in Remire has suddenly deteriorated. Byleth, Jeralt, and the students arrive at Remire to discover that the villagers have been driven berserk and have started slaughtering each other, much to their horror. They spot several figures observing the carnage from on high and decide to neutralize them immediately. As they start to make their way through the village, the group recognizes the commander as Tomas. After saving the survivors, Tomas reveals himself to be the dark mage Solon and admits he was responsible for Flayn's prior kidnapping. The Death Knight appears to reinforce Solon, but he is driven off and Solon is defeated. Solon reveals that the day's events were part of an experiment of his before fleeing. Afterwards, the lord character leaves to survey the village for survivors. The Flame Emperor approaches Byleth and Jeralt, disavows Solon's actions, claims that they are only working together to accomplish separate objectives and that they would have stopped him if they knew what he was planning, and disappears. Afterwards, Jeralt notes how much more expressive Byleth has become since becoming a teacher and wonders if there was ever any reason to leave the monastery. Byleth points out that they were under the belief that they were born after Jeralt left the monastery, and Jeralt tells them to meet up with him later so he can explain.
If Byleth is a member of the Black Eagles, Edelgard wonders what the Flame Emperor's objectives are and surmises that once Byleth figures them out, the Flame Emperor will be able to look them in the face unmasked and Byleth will know what the right thing to do is. She is then called away by Monica. If Byleth is a member of the Blue Lions, Dimitri has a particularly violent reaction to witnessing the calamity in Remire, and orders the perpetrators to be brutally slaughtered. Afterwards, he apologizes to Byleth for his behavior and declares Solon and the Flame Emperor to be unforgivable monsters who must be slain for the good of all. He recounts the horrific deaths of his friends and family in the Tragedy of Duscur and admits that he came to the Officers Academy for revenge against the perpetrators.
Byleth reports the day's events to Rhea and Seteth. Seteth explains that Tomas came to the monastery 40 years ago at the recommendation of House Ordelia, left for Ordelia 8 years ago, and returned last year. He also recounts that Jeritza, still presumed to be the Death Knight, came to the monastery with a recommendation from the Empire and realizes how dangerous the enemy is if they have roots in at least two countries. As Byleth departs, Rhea informs them that she has great expectations for them and bids the goddess Sothis watch over them. Sothis is shocked at this statement, and wonders just who she is.
Black Eagles Blue Lions Golden Deer
- Main article: The Flame in the Darkness/The Remire Calamity
This is the last month during which Jeralt will be able to provide Faculty Training. While he is not the sole tutor of any particular skill, the only other person who can train Byleth's authority skill is Seteth.
- The items in the trading chain for Shamir's Request and Catherine's Request seem to be references to past Fire Emblem titles.
- The Book of Crestological Mysteries references Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.
- The Tome of Comely Saints likely references Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.
- The Fire Amulet may reference Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
- The Glowing Stone is likely a reference to Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.
- The Path of Dawn is a reference to Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
- The Medicinal Eyedrops are a refernce to Fire Emblem Awakening.
- The Two-Toned Whetstone is a reference to Fire Emblem Fates. In a further parallel to Fates, the player chooses whether to give it to Shamir or to Catherine, and Shamir can be seen as Hoshido due to her covert tendencies and archery, while Catherine can be seen as Nohr due to her focus on strength and swordsmanship.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||The Flame in the Darkness||--|
|Japanese||炎と闇の蠢動||Wriggling of Flame and Darkness; in Japanese, those who slither in the dark are called "those who wriggle in the dark".|
|French||Une flamme dans l'obscurité||A flamme in the darkness|
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