For thousands of years before the founding of the Holy Kingdom of Archanea, the great dragons known as the manakete ruled over the lands of Archanea. When their population began decreasing, the elders instructed the dragons to store their power inside the dragonstones, hoping to prevent the degeneration of their species. Unfortunatly, the Earth Dragons did not follow this advice, and massacred the humans of Archanea. Led by the Divine Dragon King Naga, the Divine Dragons engaged in a long and bloody war with the Earth Dragons which took the lives of most of the dragons. After the war, Naga created the Shield of Seals, and used its power to seal all the Earth Dragons, to protect humanity. Naga then entrusted Xane, Gotoh, Bantu, and Medeus with protecting humanity, and then put his daughter Tiki to sleep, hoping to prevent her from becoming savage, following that last act he created the Falchion and passed away from exhaustion.
Centuries after the death of Naga, a young thief raided Raman Temple, and took the Shield of Seals for his own benefit. Selling the gems that lay on the face of the shield for a fortune, he raised an army to unite the land. After a decade of fighting, the young man had built his kingdom, and the Holy Kingdom of Archanea was founded. Despite uniting the land, the Archaneans despised the manakete, and treated with hostility and cruelty. These actions turned the once benevolent Medeus, into the cruel leader of the Kingdom of Dolhr.
After five centuries of peace, Medeus attacked Archanea, and nearly wiped out mankind. When all hope had seemed lost, a brave youth from a small island traveled the land looking for a weapon to defeat Medeus. Guided by a mysterious sage, the hero Anri found the Falchion sword and defeated Medeus in battle. Unfortunately for Anri, the remaining nobles of Archanea did not want a peasant to become their king, so they appointed Cartas, a hero in his own right, as husband to the princess Artemis.
The first king of Archanea. When he was a young man, he raided the Fane of Raman, and stole the Shield of Seals. Using the money he acquired from selling the gems, Adrah raised an army and united the land. Using the three Regalia, Adrah proved to be a great warrior and established his kingdom after one decade of fighting. Afterwards, Adrah renamed the Shield of Seals to Fire Emblem, and made it the symbol of his kingdom. Some suggest that his stealing of the Fire Emblem, is what made the shield "cursed".
The princess of Archanea during the wrath of Medeus. After her entire family was killed, she fled to small village of Altea. There, the local people sheltered her from Medeus, and Artemis fell in love with the heroic Anri. Fearing for Artemis' life, Anri left on his quest to defeat Medeus. After the war, Artemis was forbidden from marrying Anri, and was forced to marry Duke Cartas. Shortly after giving birth to their child, Artemis died from complications, and the "Curse of Artemis" was born.
A nobleman from Archanea, he led the resistance army against Medeus while Anri searched for the Falchion. As a political gesture, Artemis gave Cartas the Fire Emblem, which in turn recognized him as the future king of Archanea. After the war ended, Cartas and Artemis were wed, despite Artemis truly loving the hero Anri. Cartas had one child with Artemis, who became the king of Archanea after Cartas passed away.
The king of Archanea at the start of War of Shadows, and father to Princess Nyna. Despite loving his family, his quick defeat by the Grust army suggested that he was a poor king, who lived indulging in extravagant things. When the Grust soldiers invaded Archanea, the king was quickly captured by the enemy, and executed as a prisoner. For days his corpse was left hanging on the castle wall.
The princess of Archanea, who was forced to flee her homeland due to the Grust invasion. When the Grust army laid siege to Millennium Palace, Nyna and her retainers were caught by General Camus of Grust. Knowing that Camus had killed her father, Nyna hated the man, yet she found him curious in his desire to see her live. Over time, Nyna fell in love with Camus, but their love was cut short when Nyna was forced to flee to Aurelis, as Camus could no longer keep her prisoner. In Aurelis she teamed up with Prince Hardin to form a liberation army against the forces of Macedon. After they met with Prince Marth, Nyna traveled with him across the continent, and to the final showdown with Medeus. After the war, Nyna married Hardin, being forbidden from marrying an enemy of the state like Camus. In the War of Heroes, Nyna was captured by Gharnef and used as a tool to resurrect Medeus.
An adviser to the late King Archanea, Boah is an important member of the Archanean court. When the War of Shadows broke out, Boah attempted to smuggle Princess Nyna out of Archanea, and to safety in Aurelis. Unfortunately, Boah was caught by General Camus and was forced into the dungeon for two years, only being rescued when Prince Marth captured the palace. Boah then traveled with Nyna all the Dolhr, making plans for her to marry either Prince Marth, or Prince Hardin. After the war, Boah once again served as an advisor to the royal family, and arranged for Nyna's wedding with Hardin. In the War of Heroes, Boah was killed by Hardin when he was discovered taking notes to the Altean army. He took responsibility for the corruption of Hardin, and begged for forgiveness from Prince Marth before succumbing to his wounds.
Cartas of Lefcandith
A nobleman from the Archanean territory of Lefcandith with the same name as the hero king from the war against Medeus. When war with Medeus broke out at the start of the War of Shadows, Cartas was overwhelmed by the confusion and failed to send soldiers to fight the Grust army. Sometime after the palace fell, Lefcandith was occupied by the Grust army, and it is suggested that Lord Cartas was killed.
A nobleman from the Archanean territory of Samsooth, Bent was a staunch opponent of King Archanea. When the War of Shadows broke out, Bent betrayed Archanea and allied himself with Dolhr. Teaming with General Lang, Bent fought against Lord Charon and Lord Noah in battle. His fate is unknown, but after the fall of the palace, his territory became overrun by bandits.
A nobleman from the Archanean territory of Deil, Charon was the father of Lady Midia. When the War of Shadows broke out, Charon led his army against that of Lord Bent and General Lang. After a short battle, Charon was defeated and executed by the traitors. After the battle, his territory was occupied by Grust, and Princess Maria was kept hostage there.
The daughter of Archaneas Lord Charon, Midia served as a guard for Princess Nyna. When the Millennium Palace was captured by Grust, Midia tried to smuggle Nyna out of the castle. Unfortunately, they were captured by General Camus, and after a brief struggle Midia was imprisoned in the dungeon with her fellow retainers. After two long years of capture, Midia was freed when Prince Marth recaptured the palace from Grust. Midia served as a loyal knight during the war, but when the war finished, Midia retired from the knighthood. In the War of Heroes, Midia once again took up her lance when she organized a rebellion against Emperor Hardin.
A nobleman from the Archanea territory of Menedy, Noah was the father of the young sniper Sir Jeorge. When the War of Shadows broke out, Noah led his soldiers with Lord Charon against the forces of Lord Bent and General Lang. After a short battle, Noah was defeated and executed by the traitors. After the battle, his territory was occupied by Grust, and the Wooden Cavalry used the area as their base of operations.
The son of Lord Noah, and the best sniper in all the land. Jeorge never liked the nobility of Archanea, and left home to travel the continent at an early age. When the War of Shadows started, Jeorge was captured by the enemy at the Millennium Palace, but was able to escape soon after. Years later, he met with Prince Marth and Princess Nyna in the small island nation of Pyrathi, and joined the Archanean League. After the war he took on an apprentice and became captain of the archery knights. During the War of Heroes, he served under General Lang, but joined the Altean Army after being convinced by Gordin.
A nobleman from the Archanean territory of Adria, Lang was a staunch opponent of King Archanea. When the War of Shadows broke out, Lang and Lord Bent allied themselves with Medeus, and attacked their fellow nobles. After the War of Shadows ended, Lang was forgiven by Emperor Hardin, and became the head of the occupying force in Grust. Lang was a cruel leader who plundered the land and kidnapped all beautiful women of age. When news of the Archanean attack on Altea reached Prince Marth, he attacked General Lang at Olbern Castle, and ended his reign of terror.
A nobleman from western Archanea, when he realized that he could no longer protect his people, he allied himself with the Dolhr Empire. When word reached him that eastern Archanea had liberated, hope returned to Horace, but he still refused to switch swides until the Grust commander in his territory had been defeated. After his territory was liberated, he asked Prince Marth to kill him, but Princess Nyna spared his life, ordering Horace to serve her to pay for his betrayal. Horace was given a pardon by Nyna after the war ended, and he worked hard to rebuild Archanea. In the War of Heroes, Horace joined with Prince Marth when he was ambushed by Roro north of Khadein.
A powerful sage from Archanea, he was the prized student of the Archsage Gotoh, and bitter rival of Dark Pontifex Gharnef. After years of study, Gotoh awarded him the powerful Aura tome, and Miloah was made the Archsage of Archanea. When the War of Shadows broke out, he fought against Gharnef as Nyna tried to flee the palace. Despite being a powerful sage, the Aura tome could not negate the awesome power of Imhullu, and Miloah was killed.
The daughter of the great sage Miloah, Linde was forced to flee the palace when the Grust army attacked. Linde was not able to get very far before being captured by the slave traders of Knorda. Linde disguised herself as a boy, and waited for rescue for two years until Prince Marth finally attacked the capital of Archanea. Linde found it difficult to make friends, and was partnered with the mage Merric for simplicity. After the war ended, Linde became a member of the Archanean court. During the War of Heroes, Linde gave Marth the Fire Emblem, and joined his army in Macedon.
The leader of the Archanean Mercenary Knights, Astram fell into deep despair when the Millennium Palace was lost to Grust. Believing his friends and loved ones to be dead, Astram posed as a member of the Wooden Cavalry and waited for chance to kill those responsible for his loss. Only when his lover Midia appeared before him on the battlefield, did Astram come out of his crazed state, and he joined the Archanean League. After the war, Astram was given the Mercurius sword, and became one of the most famous knights of Archanea. During the War of Heroes, Astram remained a loyal knight of Archanea and served Emperor Hardin until Jeorge convinced him to join with Prince Marth at Altea Castle.
A member of the Archanean Knights, he served under Lady Midia. When the Grust army captured the Millennium Palace, Dolph attempted to smuggle Nyna out of Archanea, but was captured by General Camus. He remained in the dungeon for two years until he was freed when Prince Marth liberated Archanea. After the war, Dolph left the knighthood because he could not stand the idea of serving a king from a foreign country. During the War of Heroes, Dolph joined the Altean Army when they attempted to retake the Altean countryside.
A member of the Archanean Knights, he served under Lady Midia. When the Grust army captured the Millennium Palace, Macellan attempted to smuggle Nyna out of Archanea, but was captured by General Camus. He remained in the dungeon for two years until he was freed when Prince Marth liberated Archanea. After the war, Macellan left the knighthood and formed a band of watchmen in a small town on the Archanean border. During the War of Heroes, Macellan joined the Altean Army when they attempted to retake the Altean Castle.
A member of the Archanean Knights, he served under Lady Midia as an archer. When the Grust army captured the Millennium Palace, Tomas attempted to smuggle Nyna out of Archanea, but was captured by General Camus. He remained in the dungeon for two years until he was freed when Prince Marth liberated Archanea. After the war, Tomas left the knighthood and returned to his hometown to live in peace. During the War of Heroes, Tomas joined the Altean Army when they attempted to lay siege to Gra.
A member of the Archanean Knights, he served under Lord Charon at Deil. When the Grust army invaded Archanea, Beck attempted to stop their advance at Deil, but was forced to flee to a village in Menedy. He remained in the village for two years until Prince Marth liberated Archanea, and fought the Wooden Cavalry at Deil. After the war, Beck became a legend by solely defeating a band of rebels with one ballista. During the War of Heroes, Beck joined the Altean Army when they traveled to Ice Palace, looking for Gotoh to restore the Starsphere.
A heavy gambler from Archanea, when the Millennium Palace fell, Dice joined with a group of thieves looking to steal treasure to pay off his debts. During the break in, Rickard and his group of thieves also broke into the treasury. Convinced to switch sides for a bigger cut, Dice joined with Rickard, and escaped the palace with his life. During the War of Heroes, Dice joined the Altean Army at Khadein, working a mercenary under Marth. After the war, Dice continued his gambling.
A gambler from Archanea, and Dice's only daughter, Maris participated in robbing the palace with her father after the Grust army defeated the Archaneans. Rickard was smitten by Malice's beauty, but she only switched sides when she received money for her sword arm. During the War of Heroes, Malice joined the Altean Army with her father at Khadein, and served as a mercenary. When the war was over, Malice stopped fighting and became the owner of her own weapon shop.
A villager from Knorda Market, she hates the Grust occupation. During the occupation, she formed a relationship with a young Grust soldier called Jake. Despite her pleas for him to leave the army, Jake would not abandon his comrades. When the Archanean League arrived, Anna told Princess Caeda that Jake would change sides if a beautiful woman asked him too. After the war, Anna and Jake dreamed of traveling the world together.
The leader of the thieves breaking into the Millennium Palace after the Grust occupation. He paid Dice and Malice to act as hired muscle as he went around stealing items from chests. When Rickard and his band of thieves entered the palace, Vaam was killed by Navarre.
A loyal knight of Archanea, his loyalty to the throne is absolute. When Midia launched a rebellion against Emperor Hardin, Nering was one of the few soldiers who stayed loyal to the Archanean royal family and Emperor Hardin. When Prince Marth invaded the Archanea, Nering was killed battling the Altean Army.
A powerful bishop from Archanea, he guarded the Altean throne with his mighty Meteor tome. When the Altean Army returned to Altea, they engaged Willow in the halls of Altea Castle. Betrayed by the knight Astram, Willow was killed by the Altean Army.
A mighty general from Archanea, he led the Archanean Army into Altea. When he discovered that the former Altean Knight Abel was in a relationship with the pegasus knight Est, he had Est taken prisoner and forced Abel to fight against Prince Marth. After a long battle his mighty army was defeated, and Eibel was killed in battle.
A serious knight from Archanea, he served as a subordinate to General Lang. During the occupation of Grust, he guarded the perimeter of Olbern Castle, while General Lang readied his main army inside the castle. After Jeorge failed to engage the Alteans, Torus was killed fighting the Altean Army.
The leader of the Soothsire Bandits operating out of eastern Archanea. He and his men captured the cleric Lena, and intended to sell her into slavery. One of his subordinates, a young thief called Julian, helped her escape their clutches. He and his group of men were defeated when Altean Army passed through on their way to Aurelis.