The Golden Scheme

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The Golden Scheme

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Mural used to introduce The Golden Scheme.
Location

Garreg Mach Monastery

Boss(es)

Death Knight

Thanks to Edelgard's strength, the Imperial army is more unified than I would have expected. It was a painful realization, but after our battle at Gronder Field, it's clear that we can't win if we don't pull out all the stops.
— Claude

The Golden Scheme (Japanese: 謀略の寵児 Star Strategy) is the eighteenth chapter of Fire Emblem: Three Houses on the Verdant Wind route.

Plot

Main article: The Golden Scheme/Script

The next obstacle on the road to Enbarr is the impregnable Fort Merceus, currently under the command of the Death Knight. Claude and Hilda decide to infiltrate Fort Merceus by disguising themselves as Imperial soldiers and having their Alliance allies stage an attack on them; Fort Merceus will open its gates to allow them in, and they will open the gates from the inside so the main army can storm the fort. Claude secretly rallies Almyran forces led by Nardel, who is revealed to be the famed Almyran general Nader. Together, the combined Alliance/Almyran army overruns Fort Merceus and defeats the Death Knight, who beckons them to pursue him as he escapes. He warns the Alliance to flee before they are all killed and escapes just as modern-day ballistic missiles (described by Nader as "javelins of light") obliterate Fort Merceus. The shocked and demoralized Alliance forces retreat to Myrddin, where Claude explains how he was able to secure Almyran aid. He declares his intention to tear down the barriers between Fódlan and the outside world.

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Character data

Characters
New Units
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Returning Characters

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Item data

Items
Name Obtainment Method
Is ns01 brawling+.png Silver Gauntlets+ Tournament prize
Is ns01 ring.png Evasion Ring Dropped by enemy Swordmaster in Taking Fort Merceus
Is ns01 axe.png Brave Axe Dropped by Caspar*/enemy Warrior* in Taking Fort Merceus
Is ns01 seal.png Dark Seal Dropped by the Death Knight in Taking Fort Merceus
Is ns01 shield.png Aurora Shield Northern chest in Taking Fort Merceus
Is ns01 stat booster.png Speedwing Southern chest in Taking Fort Merceus

Strategy

Main article: The Golden Scheme/Taking Fort Merceus

This is the last month the paralogue Foreign Land and Sky can be done, so get working on it if it's available and hasn't been done.

Trivia

  • In the cutscene at the end of this chapter, Byleth's troops wear armor with a unique black and pink palette only seen in this cutscene that is not explicitly affiliated with any of the factions. This is possibly due to the fact that this scene is present in both the Silver Snow and Verdant Wind routes.
    • At the end of the same cutscene, there is an animation error where Byleth's eyes are their original blue color instead of green.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English

The Golden Scheme

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Japanese

謀略の寵児

Star Strategy

Spanish

Un plan magistral

A masterful plan

French

Un plan magistral

A masterful plan

German

Der goldene Plan

The golden Plan

Italian

Un ottimo piano

An excellent plan

Korean

모략의 총아

Golden scheme

Simplified Chinese

谋略的天之骄子

Strategy of the pride of heaven

Traditional Chinese

謀略的天之驕子

Strategy of the pride of heaven

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References


Blood of the Eagle and Lion The Golden Scheme The Chaos of War
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Playable characters Black Eagles BernadettaCasparDorotheaEdelgardFerdinandHubertLinhardtPetra
Blue Lions AnnetteAsheDedueDimitriFelixIngridMercedesSylvain
Golden Deer ClaudeHildaIgnatzLeonieLorenzLysitheaMarianneRaphael
Other AloisAnna*BylethCatherineCyrilFlaynGilbertHannemanJeritza*ManuelaSetethShamir
Ashen Wolves* BalthusConstanceHapiYuri
Non-playable characters Abysskeeper*Duke AegirDuke GerthFlecheGatekeeperGlennHolstIonius IXJeraltJudithLadislavaLambertLord ArundelMonicaNaderPatriciaRandolphRheaRodrigueRufusSeirosSitriSothisTomasTiana
Bosses AcheronAelfric*AloisBaron Ochs*BiasBlaiddydCasparCatherineCharonChilonClaudeCorneliaDaphnelDedueDeath KnightDimitriDominicEdelgardFelixFerdinandFlame EmperorFlaynFraldariusGautierGloucesterGonerilGwendalHubertIngridThe Immaculate OneThe ImmovableJudithKostasKronyaLadislavaLamineLinhardtLonatoLord ArundelLorenzMercedesMetodeyMiklanMysonNaderNemesisOdessePallardóPittacusRandolphRheaRieganRodrigueSetethShamirSolonSylvainThalesWandering BeastThe Wind Caller
Personal weapons and regalia Aegis ShieldAreadbharAsclepiusAthameAxe of UkonvasaraAymrBlutgangCaduceus StaffCirce StaffCrusherFailnaughtFetters of DromiFreikugelThe InexhaustibleLance of RuinLúinOchain ShieldRafail GemScythe of SarielSeiros ShieldSpear of AssalSword of BegaltaSword of MoraltaSword of SeirosSword of the CreatorTathlum BowThunderbrandThyrsusVajra-Mushti
Chapters Part I
White Clouds
Prologue: An Inevitable Encounter • 1: Three Houses • 2: Familiar Scenery • 3: Mutiny in the Mist • 4: The Goddess's Rite of Rebirth • 5: Tower of Black Winds • 6: Rumors of a Reaper • 7: Field of the Eagle and Lion • 8: The Flame in the Darkness • 9: The Cause of Sorrow • 10: Where the Goddess Dwells • 11: Throne of Knowledge • 12: To War Black Eagles, if Byleth sides against EdelgardBlue LionsGolden Deer / Outset of a Power Struggle Black Eagles, if Byleth sides with Edelgard
Part II Silver Snow
Silver Snow
13: Reunion at Dawn • 14: A King Without a Kingdom • 15: Valley of Torment • 16: The Rose-Colored River • 17: The Impregnable Fortress • 18: The Chaos of War • 19: Conclusion of the Crossing Roads • 20: The City Without Light • 21: Following a Dream
Azure Moon
Azure Moon
13: Reunion at Dawn • 14: The Delusional Prince • 15: Valley of Torment • 16: The Rose-Colored River • 17: Blood of the Eagle and Lion • 18: The King's Triumphant Return • 19: The Golden Deer's Plea • 20: The Impregnable Fortress • 21: Our Chosen Paths • 22: Oath of the Dagger
Verdant Wind
Verdant Wind
13: Reunion at Dawn • 14: The Alliance Leader's Ambitions • 15: Valley of Torment • 16: The Rose-Colored River • 17: Blood of the Eagle and Lion • 18: The Golden Scheme • 19: The Chaos of War • 20: Conclusion of the Crossing Roads • 21: The City Without Light • 22: Fódlan's New Dawn
Crimson Flower
Crimson Flower
13: Beyond Escape • 14: The Master Tactician • 15: Tempest of Swords and Shields • 16: Lady of Deceit • 17: Field of Revenge • 18: To the End of a Dream
Paralogues Paralogues Part I A Cursed Relic*An Ocean ViewBlack Market Scheme*Death TollDividing the World Black Eagles, if Byleth sides against EdelgardBlue LionsGolden DeerFalling Short of HeavenThe ForgottenLand of the Golden DeerOil and WaterRumored NuptialsThe Secret Merchant* Blue LionsGolden DeerSword and Shield of SeirosTales of the Red CanyonTrue ChivalryWar for the Weak Blue Lions Exclusive
Part II Darkness Beneath the Earth Crimson FlowerDividing the World Silver SnowAzure MoonVerdant WindEternal Guardian Silver SnowAzure MoonVerdant WindThe Face Beneath Silver SnowAzure MoonVerdant WindForeign Land and SkyForgotten HeroInsurmountable Crimson FlowerLegend of the LakeRetribution Silver SnowAzure MoonVerdant WindThe Secret Merchant* Crimson FlowerThe Silver Maiden Azure MoonThe Sleeping Sand Legend Verdant WindWeathervanes of Fódlan Azure Moon
Cindered Shadows
(DLC side story)
Cindered Shadows
1: The Fourth House • 2: What Lies Beneath • 3: The Rite of Rising • 4: Danger in the Dark • 5: Betrayal • 6: Return to Me • 7: Wolf Pack
Locations FódlanAbyssAdrestiaFaerghusGarreg Mach MonasteryLeicesterAlmyraBrigidDagdaSreng
Groups, objects and concepts 10 ElitesAshen WolvesBlack EaglesBlue LionsChildren of the GoddessChurch of Seiros (Knights of Seiros) • Crests (Crest Stone) • Divine PulseGolden DeerHeroes' RelicsInsurrection of the SevenMonstersThose who slither in the darkTragedy of DuscurWar of Heroes
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