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War of Shadows

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War of Shadows

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Storming Dolhr Keep in the final battle of the war, as depicted in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.
World

Archanea

Date(s)

Archanean years 600 - 605

Combatants
Archanean League Dolhr
Grust
Macedon
Gra
Khadein
Commanders
Marth
Nyna
Medeus
Gharnef
Camus
Michalis
Jiol
Outcome
  • Archanean victory and destruction of the Dolhrian Empire
  • Rise of Archanea as the dominant power as other nations struggled to recover
Appearance(s)

The War of Shadows was a war that lasted 6 years on the continent of Archanea depicted by Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book I, and Shadow Dragon, as well as BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles and the bonus chapters of New Mystery of the Emblem.

The War of Shadows was followed by the War of Heroes one year later.

Overview

Note: this overview adheres to canon as defined by Mystery of the Emblem and its remake. In Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and its remakes, some events, such as recruiting Tiki or creating the Starlight, are not required in gameplay, but are implied or required to have occurred in Mystery of the Emblem's story; such events are noted as appropriate. Additionally, all playable characters in Shadow Dragon reappear in New Mystery of the Emblem and are presumed to have been recruited, including sidequest-exclusive characters, and survived, with three exceptions: Arran and Samson, where it is left ambiguous which character was recruited in Chapter 16, and Nagi, where it is implied she was not recruited.[1]

Early stages

Prior to the revival of Medeus and the start of the war, Gharnef studied alongside Miloah at Khadein under Gotoh for some time. When Gotoh appointed Miloah as heir for pontifex of Khadein, Gharnef, driven by jealousy, stole the Darksphere and fled the city. Using the Darksphere's power, Gharnef created the tome Imhullu, sealing his soul within the Darksphere in the process.[2]

In the year 597, Gharnef revived Medeus, who reestablished the empire of Dolhr and began amassing an army.[3] Soon after, Gharnef killed Miloah in battle and seized control of Khadein, appointing himself its new pontifex.[4] He then captured and hypnotized Tiki, the daughter of the divine dragon king Naga, and placed her in the Fane of Raman to protect the Starsphere and Lightsphere from anyone who would gather them to make Starlight.[5]

In order to increase Dolhr's might, Gharnef began to manipulate the leaders of various nations. Gharnef captured the twin heirs of Grust, Yumina and Yubello, and imprisoned them in Khadein in order to blackmail King Ludwik into forming an alliance between Grust and Dolhr.[6] King Osmond of Macedon and his son Michalis disagreed on the country's course for the coming war, between an alliance with Archanea or Dolhr; Gharnef persuaded Michalis into killing his father, becoming King of Macedon, and forging an alliance with Dolhr, to the chagrin of his sister Princess Minerva who objected to Dolhr's actions.[7] At some point, Gharnef convinced King Jiol of Gra to ally with Dolhr and betray Altea.[8]

War breaks out

In the year 600, war began;[9] the armies of Dolhr, Grust, and Macedon made much progress on their respective fronts. By 602, Dolhr had reached Millennium Court, the capital of Archanea, and began a siege on the castle[10] which, along with an intervention from Camus of Grust's Sable Order, resulted in it's occupation and the capture of Princess Nyna and a group of Archanean Knights.[11] Camus was placed in control of occupied Archanea and Nyna was considered to be in his custody; members of the Archanean royal family began to be exterminated, but Camus' authority saved Nyna from execution.[12][13]

The early stages of the War of Shadows.

Also in 602, King Cornelius of Altea took the Falchion and marched to confront Grust alongside the armies of Altea and Gra, leaving at home his family and a garrison of Gra soldiers.[14] Upon confronting Grust, the Gra army attacked the Altean force, annihilating the Altean army and taking the Falchion.[15] At the same time, the Gra garrison began to attack those within the castle. Princess Elice stayed within the castle to buy time for Marth to escape alongside a retinue of knights and a court advisor.[16] Marth and co. were pursued by Jiol,[17] but manage to escape by boat to Talys[18] when Frey, one of the Altean knights, served as a decoy.[19] The King of Talys, Mostyn, harbored Marth in the country's east fortress.[20]

Continued subjugation

Over time, the Dolhr Empire grew to control most of the continent, facing continued resistance from Aurelis—Macedon's march into the country was slowed by its prince Hardin.[21] In order to ensure Minerva's compliance with Dolhr, Princess Maria, the youngest sister of the Macedonian royal family, was held prisoner in Castle Deil.[22] Two years after the fall of Millennium Court, Camus' continued intervention in Medeus' attempts to execute Nyna forced Medeus to send soldiers to the palace to take her by force.[13] Camus decided to take Nyna to Aurelis and the protection of Prince Hardin to save her from Dolhr.[23] Camus and a small retinue of knights deserted from the Sable Order[24] and escorted Nyna to the Aurelian border, but were attacked by a contingent of the Dolhr army on the way.[25] Upon reaching the border and entrusting Nyna to Hardin,[26] Camus surrendered to the Dolhr army[27] and was taken back to Dolhr where he was imprisoned at Medeus' behest.[28]

The Archanean League

Princess Nyna entrusting Marth with the Fire Emblem.

In 604, when a group of pirates attacked Talys, Marth left the east fort and routed the bandits from the island at the behest of its princess Caeda.[29] After clearing out the pirates, Marth and co. departed the island for Aurelis, travelling through Galder Harbor[30] and the Samsooth Mountains, where they met the cleric Lena and the thief Julian.[31] Upon their arrival in Aurelis, Marth met his old friend Merric,[32] as well as Merric's teacher Wendell,[33] and joined forces with Hardin before routing the Macedonian forces without and within Aurelis Casle.[34] Once the Macedonians were driven from the castle, Marth met Nyna, who gave him the Fire Emblem, hoping that with it, he would save the world from Dolhr.[35]

With Aurelis liberated, the newly-christened Archanean League set out for Archanea.[36] Passing through the Lefcandith Valley,[37] Marth met the Manakete Bantu, who was searching for Tiki and joined Marth to do so more effectively.[38] The League entered Archanea at Port Warren,[39] but was forced to divert, first to Pyrathi by the Grustian Army,[40] then to Castle Deil to free Princess Maria at the behest of Minerva.[41] On the way to Millennium Court, Marth rescued Linde, the daughter of Miloah and inheritor to his Aura tome, at Nyna's request;[4] once at Millennium Court, the League ousted the occupying Grustian army from the palace.[42] With Archanea freed, the League headed for Altea, first diverting to Gra to retrieve the stolen Falchion; after defeating King Jiol and forcing Gra's surrender, the Falchion could not be found, and it was discerned that Gharnef had taken possession of the sword in Khadein.[43] Once there, however, Archsage Gotoh, through magical means, informed Marth that Gharnef was protected by the spell Imhullu, thus making him invulnerable to damage,[44] and the League returned to Altea without the Falchion.

The people of Altea celebrating Marth's triumphant return.

Upon reaching Altea, the League confronted Grust defending the land and Dolhr within the castle, eventually defeating both armies.[45] While battling in the exterior, Marth rescued Xane, a man with the ability to transform.[46] In the interior, Morzas, the general presiding over Altea Castle, revealed that he had killed Marth's mother and sent his sister to Gharnef.[47] The League then set out for the Fane of Raman in order to obtain the materials required for Gotoh to forge Starlight, the Starsphere and Lightsphere, and defeat Gharnef.[48] The League fought against a detachment of the Sable Order before entering the tower;[48] once inside the Fane of Raman, they discovered the Starsphere and Lightsphere,[49] as well as Tiki, whose trance was broken by Bantu.[50][Note 1] With the materials to make Starlight and the aid of the Manakete princess, the League made preparations to end the war.

The war's close

The Archanean League had to march south to take on Macedon and Dolhr, but in order to do so safely, they had to first defeat Grust.[51] The final clash between the Archanean League and the Grustian army occurred at the Grusthold, and resulted in victory for the League. Two Grustian generals were present in the battle: Lorenz, an old friend of the King of Talys who defected to the League,[52] and Camus, no longer a captive of Dolhr who was routed with the Grustian army.[53][Note 2] The League then moved into Macedon, where they confronted and defeated its king Michalis,[54][Note 3] and Marth located Gotoh and gave him the Starsphere and Lightsphere in order to make Starlight.[55][Note 4]

Medeus after his defeat.

Once the fighting in Macedon concluded, Gotoh transported Marth and the League to the city of Thabes to confront Gharnef at the city's temple.[56] Within the Temple of Thabes, Marth found and rescued his sister[57] and, through the use of Starlight, defeated Gharnef and retrieved Falchion.[58][Note 5] The League then fought through the Dolhr army to storm Dolhr Keep, where Medeus laid in wait;[59] the League stormed the fort and defeated Medeus,[60] who swore his revenge upon his defeat.[61]

The war ended in the year 605.[62]

Aftermath

Hardin standing before the people of Archanea as their new king.

Following the defeat of Medeus, the Dolhr Empire lost power and dissolved.[63] The war, however, had devastated the continent, requiring great efforts from each nation towards their own restorations.[64] Princess Nyna, as the last living member of the Archanean royal family, was forced by circumstance to choose a husband to be king of Archanea, eventually choosing Hardin.[65] Hardin quickly managed to restore Archanea to power, reinstated it as the Holy Empire of Archanea, and became its emperor.[66] Where other countries struggled to restore themselves, Archanea became the single most dominant nation on the continent.

The Archanean League dissolved, as there was no longer a need for a unified army. Marth returned to Altea to begin rebuilding it, where he would be engaged to Princess Caeda of Talys.[67] Princess Elice, too, would return to Altea to support in its reconstruction.[68] Princesses Minerva, as the eldest member of the Macedonian royal family, was left to lead Macedon;[69] Princess Maria,[70] Julian,[71] and Lena[72] each returned to Macedon as well. Jiol's daughter, Princess Sheena, was instated to lead Gra.[73] Princess Yumina and Prince Yubello were rescued by Wendell, recently appointed pontifex of Khadein, and kept safely within its walls[6] until they were retrieved by Lorenz and Yubello was put on the throne, with Lorenz serving as regent.[74] Merric returned to Khadein to further his studies.[75]

Camus, Michalis, Gharnef, and Medeus each survived their encounters with the Archanean League. Camus survived the battle, but was found ashore on Valentia without memory.[76] Michalis was mortally injured, but was restored to health by his youngest sister, Maria, and managed to recover from his wounds.[77] Gharnef's physical body was destroyed, but his soul endured within the Darksphere.[78] Medeus, by virtue of being an earth dragon, survived the encounter and entered a deep slumber, one poised to last many centuries.[79]

Trivia

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English War of Shadows Presumably named for Medeus, who is known as the "Shadow Dragon".
English
(unofficial)
War of Darkness Used in the Mystery of the Emblem fan translation.
Japanese 暗黒戦争 War of Darkness

Gallery

References

  1. "Marth: You're...
    Kris: Another ally from the previous war, sire?
    Marth: No, I don't believe we've ever met. But, why...? I have the strangest feeling that I know her...
    " — Marth and Kris in Chapter 22, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem; Additionally, Tiki's appearance and references to Gharnef's defeat in New Mystery of the Emblem imply that the requirements to access Chapter 24x, and thus to recruit Nagi, were not met.
  2. "Gharnef, along with Pontifex Miloah, were Lord Gotoh's best pupils. But Lord Gotoh saw Gharnef's weakness, and so he left Khadein and the Aura tome to Pontifex Miloah. Gharnef, overcome by jealousy, stole the Darksphere from Lord Gotoh, and created the Imhullu tome. As a result... His heart was trapped within the Darksphere for all eternity." — Wendell to Ellerean in Chapter 10, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  3. "However, after a century’s passing, the Shadow Dragon returned. He forged an alliance with a fiendish sorcerer who sought to rule the world, and their combined might toppled kingdom upon unsuspecting kingdom." — Opening narration of a new save file, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Marth: I read Miloah died in a battle with Gharnef, soon after the fiend sold his soul to Dolhr...
    Nyna: Alas, Miloah did die... But his daughter, Linde, yet lives. I am told she inherited her father's skill with Aura magic—but since the battle with Gharnef none have seen her. Wherever she is, it cannot be pleasant. ...Marth, please. Find Linde. With her father gone, we are the only family the girl has left.
    " — Marth and Nyna in Chapter 10, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  5. "With the dragon-goddess right where I want her, in the Fane of Raman, there is no way for Gotoh's Starlight to disperse the shadows that guard me." — Gharnef in Chapter 15, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  6. 6.0 6.1 "The late King Grust had two children. Princess Yumina and Prince Yubello. They're still young. Maybe thirteen, or fourteen; cute little twins, both of them. In the last war, Gharnef, the Dark Pontifex, kidnapped the twins to blackmail the king. They were taken to Khadein, the city of magic, and locked away in a pitch-black room. At great personal risk, Pontifex Wendell saved them. He took them to a monastery to protect them." — An old man from Grust in Chapter 1, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  7. "But instead, you let Gharnef trick you into destroying your family, and your kingdom with it." — Gotoh to Michalis in Chapter 22, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  8. "Betraying Altea was Gharnef's idea! Let...let him fight the brat!" — Jiol in Chapter 14, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  9. "The Dolhr Empire confronts Archanea and begins an invasion. Start of the War of Shadows." — Perfect ending timeline, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
  10. "The Dolhr Empire's troops led by Medeus lay siege to Millennium Court." — Perfect ending timeline, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
  11. Events of Fall of the Palace, BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles
  12. "Nyna: When the Dolhr-Grust allied forces seized control of Archanea, the entire royal family was killed, save me. I was given into Grust’s custody—the custody of the Sable Order, to be more specific. I am told Dolhr wished for my execution—and with it the end of the holy lineage of House Archanea—and Grust was willing to comply.
    Marth: But you are not dead.
    Nyna: That is right. I was not put to the sword. The Sable Order's captain came to my defense. His name...was Camus.
    " — Nyna and Marth in Chapter 20, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Two years have passed since the millennial palace was seized by Grust's Camus the Sable. Emperor Medeus of Dolhr ordered Camus to take full control of the palace. However Camus defied his orders, by continuing to shelter Princess Nyna. As time passed, Medeus lost his patience with Camus and ordered his men to take Nyna captive." — Opening narration of The Beginning bonus episode, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  14. "It fell upon the king of Altea, sole descendant of the dragon-slayer hero, to sally forth with the divine blade and fulfill his blood destiny. His son, Prince Marth, remained at home with the boy's mother, his elder sister, and a garrison manned by Altea's neighbor and ally, Gra." — Opening narration of Prologue I, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  15. "My condolences, sire. The king died valiantly on the fields of Gra. The traitors took from him the divine blade Falchion and gave no quarter to those of our soldiers who remained..." — Cain in Prologue III, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  16. "Stop! Sire, consider for a moment why the princess would go so far as to lie to you to ensure your escape. Your sister knows that you are the future of Altea—nay the whole land!" — Malledus to Marth in Prologue III, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  17. "Listen, men. Your target is the prince. Find the prince of Altea and bring me his head served on a shield!" — Jiol in Prologue IV, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  18. "From here, we will cross out of Altea and begin our escape to Talys. I trust you are prepared? [...] I've arranged for a boat to take us from the northeast shore." — Malledus in Prologue IV, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  19. "You took that wound when Prince Marth, still a child, was forced to escape Altea Castle... In the jaws of death, surrounded by enemies, you alone became a decoy, in order to protect Prince Marth..." — Kris in hers and Frey's third conversation, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  20. "Talys was a small border kingdom, with no grand order of knights to boast of, but its king selflessly gave Marth use of the isle's eastern fortress" — Opening narration of Chapter 1, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  21. "Trace a line around the continent’s north-eastern plains, and you have Aurelis. This kingdom alone had somehow resisted Dolhr's attempts to conquer it, but only by some miracle. By the time Marth arrived in Aurelis, much of its territory had already been carved up by Dolhr's ally Macedon. Still, the king's younger brother, Hardin, refused to give up without a fight. The people called him Coyote, and he intended to live up to the name." — Opening narration of Chapter 5, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  22. "Prince Marth. I am Catria, of the Whitewinged Order of Macedon. I have come with a request from our mistress, the princess Minerva. She is planning to lead us against Dolhr in rebellion; however, her hands are tied so long as the enemy holds her younger sister, the princess Maria, captive." — Catria in Chapter 9, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  23. "I know. We must escape the palace at once. Sir Hardin, in the northern state of Aurelis, has the power to protect you. I'm sure he will extend you his courtesy." — Camus in The Beginning bonus episode, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  24. "Then, at least take us three with you. We'll desert the army. That way, we won't bring trouble to our motherland, Grust." — Roberto in The Beginning bonus episode, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  25. Events of The Beginning bonus episode, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  26. "...Good, it seems we're in time. All hands, engage the Dolhrian army! I shall save Princess Nyna myself!" — Hardin in The Beginning bonus episode, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  27. "Medeus: All hope turns in fear before me... Give up. Surrender quietly.
    Camus: ...Very well. As you wish. ...I have fulfilled my duty...
    Medeus: Men, seize him!
    " — Medeus and Camus in The Beginning bonus episode, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  28. "After that, Medeus stripped Camus of all his rights and privileges, confining him to a dungeon in Dolhr." — Epilogue of The Beginning bonus episode, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  29. Events of Chapter 1, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  30. Events of Chapter 2, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  31. Events of Chapter 3, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  32. "Merric: Whilst studying magic in Khadein, I caught wind of a war brewing and decided to seek you out.
    Marth: I see... Thank you, then. I need friends like you on the battlefield. You will fight with us, of course?
    Merric: Of course! 'Twould be a passing shame if you didn’t get to see me flex a little magic muscle.
    " — Merric and Marth in Chapter 4, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  33. "Come, Merric. We'll fight together. Tell your prince of Altea that Wendell is at his service." — Wendell in Chapter 5, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  34. Events of Chapters 5 and 6. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  35. "Thank you, Marth. Then let me give you this. This crest is called the Fire Emblem. House Archanea bestows it only upon a true champion, one we believe has the power to save the world." — Nyna in Chapter 6, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  36. "Aurelis was free, but Marth and his army—now known as the Archanean League—still had much work ahead of them." — Opening narration of Chapter 7, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  37. "They followed the Middleroad south, bound for Archanea Palace—a perilous route, for it took them right into Lefcandith Valley and the jaws of trouble." — Opening narration of Chapter 7, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  38. "You there. Have you come across a young girl, one by the name of Tiki? She must be found, boy! Tiki is the last of the Naga, the divine-dragon clan. [...] ...You will be traveling much, yes? I wish to go with you. Perhaps together we can find Tiki." — Bantu in Chapter 7, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  39. "The League had reached Archanean soil, so Marth gave himself leave to recuperate in Port Warren, a harbor town known for commerce." — Opening narration of Chapter 8, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  40. "Grust had caught the League unawares, forcing them to flee to Pyrathi." — Opening narration of Chapter 9, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  41. Events of Chapter 10, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  42. Events of Chapter 12, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  43. "Marth: Falchion isn't here.
    Nyna: The divine blade? Was it supposed to be?
    Marth: Yes. When one of my knights returned from the battle where my father, Cornelius, fell... he said Gra had stolen Falchion. And if we are to defeat Dolhr and the Shadow Dragon, Medeus... we need that blade.
    Malledus: Prince Marth!
    Marth: Did you find it, Malledus?
    Malledus: No...it seems Gharnef made off with it.
    Nyna: Gharnef? Then, to find Falchion—
    Marth: That's right. We'll need to go to Khadein, the kingdom of magic, where he resides.
    " — Marth, Nyna, and Malledus in Chapter 14, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  44. "Gotoh: As you suspect, Gharnef has made off with Falchion. With Imhullu and Falchion in the sorcerer’s grasp, Dolhr now must think twice before challenging him. [...]
    Marth: Is Imhullu so powerful a magic, then?
    Gotoh: Yes. The mage who wields it cannot be killed; cannot be so much as scratched.
    " — Gotoh and Marth in Chapter 15, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  45. Events of Chapters 16 and 17, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  46. "Hey there, princey. Thanks for settin' me free! The name's Xane. I hail from a land few have heard of an even fewer have seen. I won't trouble you with the details. Me and my folk have the power to transform into other people. We can shape-shift, you see." — Xane in Chapter 16, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  47. "Your mother, Liza, is dead; I killed her myself. Your sister Elice lives only because Gharnef wanted her." — Morzas in Chapter 17, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  48. 48.0 48.1 "For Gotoh to create the magic that could defeat Gharnef, he needed two orbs: the Lightsphere and the Starsphere. Marth and company set off to Chiasmir and the Fane of Raman to find them, but in their path stood a cohort of Grustian knights known as the Sable Order." — Opening narration for Chapter 18, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  49. "Nyna: Marth! Tell me, was it a success? Did you locate the Lightsphere and Starsphere?
    Marth: Never fear; I have them. We need to take these to Gotoh so he can undo Imhullu's magic...
    " — Nyna in Chapter 19, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  50. "Bantu: Tiki! Tiki, my child! At last, I have found you!
    Tiki: No... Stop... Come no closer...
    Bantu: Hm? ...Gharnef has put you in some sort of trance, poor thing. Peace, child. Peace. Awaken.
    Tiki: ...Mmm? ...Ban-Ban? Is that you? Where am I? What happened?
    " — Bantu and Tiki in Chapter 19, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  51. "We must defeat Grust once and for all. If we march south without finishing them off, we have our rear exposed." — Marth in Chapter 19, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  52. "Caeda: General Lorenz! My name is Caeda. I hail from Talys. My father has told me quite a bit about you.
    Lorenz: Princess Caeda! My, look what a lovely young woman you've grown into. Your father was a good friend to me, many years ago. [...] You win, Princess. I yield! I will join you, in the interests of king and country. Har!
    " — Caeda and Lorenz in Chapter 20, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  53. Events of Chapter 20, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  54. Events of Chapter 22, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  55. "You have the Lightsphere and Starsphere with you? Well done! Now I can create Starlight for you. ...There. It is finished. Take this with you; it is the only magic capable of breaking through Imhullu. Use it to stop that fiend Gharnef once and for all." — Gotoh in Chapter 22, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  56. "With the aid of the White Sage Gotoh’s powerful Warp magic, Marth and company were transported to the faraway city of Thabes. Once, Thabes was an advanced civilization; but only its decay advanced now. The League traced the lifeless streets to the temple at the city's heart, somewhere within its walls Gharnef was waiting, and now, Marth must wrest Falchion and his sister, Elice, from the fiend's grip." — Opening narration of Chapter 23, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  57. "Allied Solider: Sire! We found Princess Elice up in the Tower of Thabes! She's on her way to see you right—Ah, here she is!
    Marth: Elice!!!
    Elice: Marth! Oh look at you. A man grown!
    " — Marth, Elice, and an allied soldier in Chapter 23, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  58. Events of Chapter 23, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  59. Events of Chapter 24, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  60. "Events of the Endgame" — Shadow Dragon, [[Fire Emblem: {{{3}}}]]
  61. "Know this, Altean prince... That light which surrounds you is only a temporary respite. So long as the darkness in your hearts continues to sustain me... I cannot be...destroyed......" — Medeus in the Endgame, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  62. "Medeus is defeated by Prince Marth, and the Dolhr Empire collapses. End of the War of Shadows (600-605)." — Perfect ending timeline, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
  63. "After Medeus’s demise, Dolhr would relax its shadowy grip on the land and fade into obscurity: the Empire was finished." — Epilogue, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  64. "The warriors who had united under the Fire Emblem returned to their own lands, devoting themselves to the reconstruction of their homelands. Among the nations that made up the "Seven Kingdoms of Archanea", Gra and Grust were devastated. Altea, Aurelis, Macedon and Talys were left deeply scarred, and even the mighty Kingdom of Archanea was undergoing restoration." — Introduction to Chapter 1, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  65. "As you know, two years ago... Hardin and Princess Nyna were wed. In order to restore Archanea to glory, a king was needed. There were but two suitable individuals: King Aurelis's younger brother, Duke Hardin, and you, Prince Marth of Altea... Princess Nyna begged me to wait just a while longer, but once I insisted of its absolute urgency... She said that it could not be you, for Princess Caeda would grieve. In the end, Hardin was our only choice..." — Boah in Chapter 19, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  66. "After ascending the throne, Hardin aggressively restored the country in the twinkling of an eye, and formed a powerful army by gathering many soldiers. He then proclaimed the restoration of the Holy Archanean Empire, and himself Emperor." — Introduction to Chapter 1, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  67. "The war-ravaged kingdom of Altea was finally starting to regain stability thanks to Prince Marth's efforts. Prince Marth's engagement to Princess Caeda was announced, and the people of Altea rejoiced, sharing their happiness." — Opening narration of Chapter 1, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  68. "Elice returned to Altea with Marth. Ever serene, she stood by her brother and watched him grow into a fine leader." — Elice's ending, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  69. "After the War of Shadows, Macedon was led by Minerva, who exiled the oppressive generals and attempted to reform the military." — Opening narration of Chapter 2, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  70. "After studying in Khadein for a while, Princess Maria returned to Macedon to serve her people as a cleric." — Maria's ending, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  71. "Julian gave up thievery for good and found an honest job in Macedon." — Julian's ending, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  72. "Lena cared for orphans at a convent in Macedon and doled out love in equal shares to all she met." — Lena's ending, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  73. "Hardin found King Jiol's daughter, Princess Sheena, and allowed her to take the throne, providing support to Gra. Sheena received fanatical support from her people. To them, Sheena was their only hope." — Opening narration of Chapter 17, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  74. "Lorenz put Grust’s prince upon the throne and became his regent; but he and Archanea did not always see eye to eye." — Lorenz's ending, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  75. "After helping Marth stamp out the fires of war, Merric returned to Khadein where he continued his magical studies." — Merric's ending, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  76. The fact that Camus is Zeke can be concluded from a number of factors, including great physical resemblance, similar martial capability, Zeke appearing in Valentia soon after Camus disappears from Archanea, and Zeke muttering Nyna's name when discovered on Valentia (as seen in a Memory Prism).
  77. "After I was defeated, I wandered the gap between life and death. When I had come to, in front of me, I saw Maria—her eyes full of tears—praying to the gods. While I treated her like a pawn, Maria, she shed tears for me..." — Michalis in Chapter 9, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  78. "Yes, you killed his body. But his soul was held prisoner by the Darksphere, and within it, his hatred only grew." — Gotoh in Chapter 14, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  79. "Gotoh: However earth dragons boast tremendous life force, and cannot be completely eliminated so easily... Even now, they sleep at this altar.
    Marth: You mean to say they'll awaken?!
    Gotoh: Not exactly. Even sleeping earth dragons should not awaken for centuries or so. The next time Medeus awakens though, he will rise as a terrifying Shadow Dragon...
    " — Gotoh and Marth in Chapter 21, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem

Notes

  1. Collecting the Starsphere and Lightsphere and recruiting Tiki are not required in Shadow Dragon, but Tiki's appearance and references to the creation of Starlight in New Mystery of the Emblem imply that such events occurred.
  2. In Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, depending on the player's actions in Chapter 20, Camus can be presumed dead he is if defeated in battle or reported missing if he is not; in either case, his ultimate fate in Valentia is the same. This choice is not present in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light or Mystery of the Emblem, were defeating Camus is a de facto requirement to clearing the chapter.
  3. In Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Mystery of the Emblem, defeating Michalis is not a requirement to clearing Chapter 22; there is, however, no difference in the story if he is left alive or not. In Shadow Dragon, Michalis stands on the seize point, making defeating him a de facto requirement to clearing the chapter.
  4. Creating Starlight is not required in Shadow Dragon, but references to its creation in New Mystery of the Emblem imply that it was created.
  5. Defeating Gharnef is not required in Shadow Dragon, but references to his defeat and the use of Falchion in New Mystery of the Emblem imply that he was defeated.
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Playable characters AbelArranAstramBantuBarstBeckBoahBordCaedaCaesarCainCastorCatriaCordDarrosDolphDraugEliceEstGordinGotohHardinJagenJakeJeorgeJulianLenaLindeLorenzMacellanMariaMarthMatthisMerricMidiaMinervaNavarreOgmaPallaRaddRickardRogerRosheaSamsonSedgarTikiTomasVylandWendellWolfWrysXane
Non-playable characters AnriCorneliusIoteMalledusMostynNyna
Bosses BentheonCamusEmereusGazzakGharnefGomerGrigasHarmeinHeimlerHollstadtHymanJiolKannivalKhozenMannuMedeusMerachMichalisMorzasOrridyonSternlinTikiVolzhinXemcelZharov
Regalia and personal weapons AumAuraExcaliburFalchionGradivusImhulluMercuriusParthiaRapierStarlight
Chapters 1: Marth Embarks • 2: The Pirates of Galder • 3: A Brush in the Teeth • 4: Battle in the Lea • 5: Champions of Aurelis • 6: Fire Emblem • 7: Lefcandith Gauntlet • 8: Port Warren • 9: The Pyrathi Dragon • 10: Princess Minerva • 11: Knorda Slave Market • 12: The Ageless Palace • 13: The Wooden Cavalry • 14: Land of Sorrow • 15: An Oasis of Magic • 16: The Battle for Altea • 17: Star and Savior • 18: The Sable Order • 19: Manakete Princess • 20: Camus the Sable • 21: Clash in Macedon • 22: A Knight-Filled Sky • 23: Dark Pontifex • 24: The Dragonkin Realm • 25: Chosen by Fate
Locations ArchaneaAlteaAurelisDolhrGraGrustKhadeinKingdom of ArchaneaMacedonPyrathiTalysThabes
Groups, objects and concepts Archanean LeagueDragons (Divine DragonsEarth Dragons) • DragoonsFire EmblemSable OrderWar of ShadowsWhitewinged Order
Related topics Maki Hakoda manga adaptationName chart • Other games (GaidenMystery of the EmblemShadow DragonAwakening) • Sound Test ModeTimeline
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Playable characters Book 1 AbelArranAstramBantuBarstBoahBordCaedaCaesarCainCastorCatriaCordDolphDraugEliceEstGordinHardinJagenJeorgeJulianLenaLindeLorenzMacellanMariaMarthMatthisMerricMidiaMinervaNavarreOgmaPallaRaddRickardRosheaSamsonSedgarTikiTomasVylandWendellWolfXane
Book 2 AbelArranAstramBantuCaedaCainCastorCatriaCecilDraugEliceEllereanEstPhinaGordinJeorgeJulianLenaLindeLukeMalliesiaMariaMarthMatthisMerricMidiaMinervaNavarreNynaOgmaPallaRaianRickardRoderickRosheaSamsonSamtoSheenaSiriusTikiVylandWarrenWendellXaneYubelloYumina
Non-playable characters Book 1 AnriCorneliusGotohIoteLizaMalledusNynaMostyn
Book 2 Aurelis KingBoahCamusGotohJagenLangLorenzMichalis
Bosses Book 1 CamusEmereusGazzakGharnefGomerHarmeinHollstadtHymanJiolKannivalKhozenMedeusMerachMichalisMorzasTikiVolzhinXemcelZharov
Book 2 DallEibelEllereanFire DragonGailGharnefHardinHereticIce DragonJeorgeLangLorenzLumelMage DragonMedeusNehringRuckeSheenaTorusWillowWyvernYodel
Regalia and personal weapons AumAuraExcaliburFalchionFire Emblem/Binding ShieldFortifyGradivusImhulluMercuriusParthiaRapierStarlight
Chapters Book 1 1: Marth Embarks • 2: The Pirates of Galder • 3: A Brush in the Teeth • 4: Champions of Aurelis • 5: Fire Emblem • 6: Lefcandith Gauntlet • 7: Port Warren • 8: Princess Minerva • 9: Knorda Slave Market • 10: The Ageless Palace • 11: Land of Sorrow • 12: An Oasis of Magic • 13: The Battle for Altea • 14: Star and Savior • 15: Manakete Princess • 16: Camus the Sable • 17: A Knight-Filled Sky • 18: Dark Pontifex • 19: The Dragonkin Realm • 20: Chosen by Fate
Book 2 1: The Grustian Expedition • 2: Rebellion at Macedon • 3: Abducted Princess • 4: Joy and Sorrow • 5: Liberation of Grust • 6: The Nest of Evil • 7: The Scarlet Sword • 8: Soulful Bridge • 9: Sanctuary of Sorcery • 10: Two Sorcerers • 11: Anri's Way • 12: Graveyard of Fire Dragons • 13: Frozen Land • 14: A Mystery Revealed • 15: Return of the Prince • 16: Regaining the Capital • 17: Gra's Sun Sets • 18: Battle of the Pass • 19: The Last Decisive Battle • 20: Dark Emperor • E1: The Wyvern's Dale • E2: The Dragon's Table (part 1part 2part 3)
Locations ArchaneaAlteaAnri's WayAurelisDolhr (Dragon's Table) • Empire of ArchaneaGraGrustKhadeinMacedonTalys
Groups, objects and concepts Archanean LeagueDragons (Divine DragonEarth DragonManakete) • HereticsSable OrderWar of HeroesWar of LiberationWar of ShadowsWhitewinged Order
Related topics Name charts (Book 1Book 2) • Other games (Shadow Dragon and the Blade of LightGaidenBS Fire Emblem: Archanea War ChroniclesShadow DragonNew Mystery of the EmblemAwakening) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound MuseumTimeline
BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles
Playable characters Episode 1 BoahDolphMacellanMidiaNynaTomas
Episode 2 CatriaEstFrostHardinMinervaRosheaWolf
Episode 3 CastorDiceLenaMaliceNavarreRickard
Episode 4 BelfCamusLeidenNynaRoberto
Non-playable characters King of ArchaneaMedeusPalla
Bosses BrzakGouberRubenVaam
Regalia Gradivus
Episodes 1: Fall of the Palace • 2: Red Dragoon • 3: Thieves of Justice • 4: The Beginning
Locations ArchaneaAurelisEmpire of ArchaneaMacedon
Groups, objects and concepts Sable OrderWar of HeroesWar of LiberationWar of ShadowsWhitewinged Order
Related topics Name chart • Other games (Shadow Dragon and the Blade of LightGaidenMystery of the EmblemNew Mystery of the EmblemShadow DragonAwakening) • Timeline
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Playable characters AbelArranAstramAthenaBantuBarstBeckBoahBordCaedaCaesarCainCastorCatriaCordDarrosDolphDraugEliceEstEtzelFreyGordinGotohHardinHoraceJagenJakeJeorgeJulianLenaLindeLorenzMacellanMariaMarthMatthisMerricMidiaMinervaNagiNavarreNorneOgmaPallaRaddRickardRogerRosheaSamsonSedgarTikiTomasVylandWendellWolfWrysXaneYmir
Non-playable characters AnriArtemisAurelis KingCartasCorneliusIoteLizaMalledusMostynNynaOrdwin
Bosses BathysBentheonCamusCaptainDactylDejaniraEmereusGazzakGharnefGomerGrigasHarmeinHeimlerHollstadtHymanJiolKannivalKhozenLarissaMannuMedeusMerachMichalisMorzasOrridyonSternlinTikiVolzhinXemcelZharov
Regalia and personal weapons AumFalchionFire EmblemGradivusImhulluHauteclereMercuriusParthiaRapierStarlightWing Spear
Chapters P: Prologue I • P: Prologue II • P: Prologue III • P: Prologue IV • 1: Marth Embarks • 2: The Pirates of Galder • 3: A Brush in the Teeth • 4: Battle in the Lea • 5: Champions of Aurelis • 6: Fire Emblem • 6x: In War's Grip • 7: Lefcandith Gauntlet • 8: Port Warren • 9: The Pyrathi Dragon • 10: Princess Minerva • 11: Knorda Market • 12: The Ageless Palace • 12x: A Traitor's Worth • 13: The Wooden Cavalry • 14: Land of Sorrow • 15: An Oasis of Magic • 16: The Battle for Altea • 17: Star and Savior • 17x: Helena Castle • 18: The Sable Order • 19: Manakete Princess • 20: Camus the Sable • 20x: The Lair of Fire • 21: Clash in Macedon • 22: A Knight-Filled Sky • 23: Dark Pontifex • 24: The Dragonkin Realm • 24x: The Alterspire • Endgame: Chosen by Fate
Locations ArchaneaAlteaAurelisDolhrGraGrustKhadeinKingdom of ArchaneaMacedonPyrathiTalysThabes
Groups, objects and concepts Archanean LeagueDragons (Divine DragonEarth DragonManakete) • DragoonsSable OrderWar of LiberationWar of ShadowsWhitewinged Order
Related topics List of version differences (Name chart) • Other games (Shadow Dragon and the Blade of LightGaidenNew Mystery of the EmblemAwakening) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline
Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow
Playable characters AbelArranAstramAthenaBantuBarstBeckBelfBordCaedaCaesarCainCastorCatriaCecilCordDarrosDiceDolphDraugEliceEllereanEstEtzelPhinaFreyFrostGordinHoraceJakeJeorgeJulianKatarinaKrisLeidenLenaLindeLukeMacellanMaliceMalliesiaMariaMarthMatthisMerricMichalisMidiaMinervaNagiNavarreNorneNynaOgmaPallaRaianRaddRickardRobertoRoderickRogerRosheaSamsonSamtoSedgarSheenaSiriusTikiTomasVylandWarrenWendellWolfWrysXaneYmirYubelloYumina
Non-playable characters Aurelis KingBoahCamusGotohJagenLangLorenz
Bosses AthenaCaedaCainClarisseDallDark BishopDraugEibelEllereanEremiyaEstFire DragonGailGharnefHardinIce DragonJagenJeorgeKatarinaLangLegionLorenzLumelLukeMage DragonMedeusNehringOgmaRoderickRuckeRuffianSheenaTorusWillowWyvernYodel
Regalia and personal weapons AumFalchionGradivusHauteclereImhulluMercuriusParthiaRapierStarlightWing Spear
Chapters Main story P1: Meeting • P2: Young Squires • P3: Training Begins • P4: New Companions (Jeorge, Athena) • P5: March Duty • P6: Bonds (Ogma, Draug) • P7: The Final Test (Est, Cain) • P8: Assassination of the Hero-King • 1: The Grustian Expedition • 2: Rebellion at Macedon • 3: Abducted Princess • 3x: Shadows Behind the Scenes • 4: Joy and Sorrow • 5: Liberation of Grust • 6: The Nest of Evil • 6x: Mercenary Squad • 7: The Scarlet Sword • 8: Soulful Bridge • 9: Sanctuary of Sorcery • 10: Two Sorcerers • 10x: The Mask Laughs • 11: Anri's Way • 12: Graveyard of Fire Dragons • 13: Frozen Land • 13x: Within the White Darkness • 14: A Mystery Revealed • 15: Return of the Prince • 16: Regaining the Capital • 16x: Reunion • 17: Gra's Sun Sets • 18: Battle of the Pass • 19: The Last Decisive Battle • 20: Dark Emperor • 20x: Depths of the Abyss • 21: The Wyvern's Dale • 22: The Dragon's Table • 23: The Dark Pontifex Lives • Endgame: Light and Shadow
New Archanea War Chronicles 1: Fall of the Palace • 2: Red Dragoon • 3: Thieves of Justice • 4: The Beginning
DLC bonus chapters 1: Wind and Thunder • 2: Three Assassins • 3: That Which Was Done by the Blade, Shall be Undone By the Blade
Locations ArchaneaAlteaAnri's WayAurelisDolhr (Dragon's Table) • Empire of ArchaneaGraGrustKhadeinMacedonTalys
Groups, objects and concepts Dragon (Divine DragonEarth DragonManakete) • HereticsSable OrderFire Emblem/Binding ShieldWar of HeroesWar of LiberationWar of ShadowsWhitewinged Order
Related topics Name chart • Other games (Shadow Dragon and the Blade of LightGaidenMystery of the EmblemBS Fire Emblem: Archanea War ChroniclesShadow DragonAwakening) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline