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Shadows Behind the Scenes

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Shadows Behind the Scenes

Cm fe12 3x.png



New units




Shadows Behind the Scenes (Japanese: 暗躍する影たち Shadows Operating Behind the Scenes) is the first sidequest in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem. In order to reach this chapter, the player must either complete the previous chapter in a certain number of turns depending upon difficulty or complete the Prologue with one allied casualty or less.


Main articles: Shadows Behind the Scenes/Script and Shadows Behind the Scenes/Conversations

A group of assassins led by Clarisse sets out to kill every one of Marth's former allies in the War of Shadows, starting with Wrys. As the Altean army approaches to save him, Katarina warns her not to underestimate Marth's forces. Marth and his allies successfully drive off the assassins and rescue Wrys, who offers to shave Kris's head bald.

Chapter data

Normal Lunatic

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Seize Player Partner Other Enemy Third
Defeat: Marth or Kris dies 6+1 {{{partner}}} {{{other}}} 9+2-1 {{{third}}}
Cm fe12 3x.png

Character data

New Units
Portrait wrys fe12.png
Automatically from turn 1
Returning Characters

Small portrait default male player's unit fe12.pngSmall portrait ryan fe12.pngSmall portrait luke fe12.pngSmall portrait roderick fe12.pngSmall portrait cecil fe12.pngSmall portrait marth fe12.pngSmall portrait gordin fe12.pngSmall portrait draug fe12.pngSmall portrait arran fe12.pngSmall portrait marisha fe12.pngSmall portrait catria fe12.pngSmall portrait warren fe12.pngSmall portrait cord fe12.pngSmall portrait linde fe12.pngSmall portrait palla fe12.pngSmall portrait bord fe12.pngSmall portrait julian fe12.pngSmall portrait matthis fe12.png

Wrys retains any stat gains he acquired in the Prologue.

Enemy data

Normal Lunatic

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma ds02 knight enemy.gif
Assassin Knight 3 6 Iron Lance --
Ma ds02 archer enemy.gif
Assassin Archer 3 2 Steel Bow --
Ma ds02 sniper female enemy.gif
Clarisse Sniper 5 1 Silver Bow • Immobile; stands on a gate, the chapter's seize point.
• Leaves the map if a unit approaches her.
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma ds02 knight enemy.gif
Assassin Knight 3 2 Iron Lance --


Boss data

Main article: Clarisse

Normal Hard Maniac Lunatic

Portrait clarisse fe12.png
Ma ds02 sniper female enemy.gif Sniper
Level 5
Movement --
Max HP 32 Speed 15
Strength 11 Luck 0
Magic 1 Defense 12
Skill 14 Resistance 4
Silver Bow
Weapon Levels
FE12RankSword.png -- FE12RankLance.png -- FE12RankAxe.png --
FE12RankBow.png B FE12RankTome.png -- FE12RankStaff.png --


This section details unofficial strategies that may help with completion of the chapter. This may not work for everybody.

In order to access this sidequest, the player must have either cleared the Prologue losing no more than one unit, or cleared Chapter 3 in a certain number of turns. The turn count of the latter requirement varies by difficulty, as follows:

Difficulty Turn count
Normal 24
Hard 28
Maniac 35
Lunatic 38
Lunatic′ 43

Wrys starts off dead smack in the middle of the map with a Knight and Archer driving him into a pincer. If you haven't killed or otherwise dealt with them by about turn 4, he's getting penned in the dead book. To avoid this, you need to butcher the five men closest to you on turn 1 and send in a Pegasus Knight to kill Wrys' pursuers on turn 2. Palla can easily pick off the northern Archer. If Marth has 13 Speed and a decently forged Rapier, he can take care of one of the Knights. Cavalier Kris can dart in and kill the southern Archer, and two solid units can tag team one more Knight. This leaves you in a pickle, as none of your other units are likely to be able to reliably deal with the last Knight. You can reclass Arran to a Sniper and bank on a 12% crit, or you can use the Master Seal to promote one of your units early for a significant power boost. Either way, once they are taken care of, Palla can go across the southern mountains to intercept the Knight while Kris can draw the Archer away, and you can take the east half of the map at your own pace.

Etymology and other languages

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

Lurking Shadows

Used in the Heroes of Shadow fan translation patch.



Shadows Operating Behind the Scenes



Abducted Princess Shadows Behind the Scenes Joy and Sorrow
Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow
Playable characters AbelArlenArranAstramAthenaBantuBarstBeckBelfBordCaedaCaesarCainCastorCatriaCecilCordDarrosDiceDolphDraugEliceEstEtzelPhinaFreyFrostGordinHoraceJakeJeorgeJubeloJulianKatarinaKrisLenaLindeLukeMacellanMaliceMariaMarishaMarthMatthisMerricMichalisMidiaMinervaNagiNavarreNorneNynaOgmaPallaRaddReidenRickardRobertoRoderickRogerRosheaRyanSamsonSamuelSedgarSheenaSiriusTikiTomasVylandWarrenWendellWolfWrysXaneYmirYuliya
Non-playable characters Aurelis KingBoahCamusGotohJagenLangLorenz
Bosses ArlenAthenaCaedaCainClarisseDallDark BishopDraugEibelEremiyaEstFire DragonGailGharnefHardinIce DragonJagenJeorgeKatarinaLangLegionLorenzLumelLukeLykkeMage DragonMedeusNehringOgmaRoderickRuffianSheenaTorusWillowWyvernYodel
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: Bottom of the Deep Abyss • 21: The Wyvern's Dale • 22: The Dragon's Table • 23: The Dark Pontifex Lives • Endgame: Light and Shadow
New Archanea Saga 1: The Capital Falls • 2: Red Dragoon • 3: Righteous Thieves • 4: The Beginning
DLC bonus chapters 1: Wind and Thunder • 2: Three Assassins • 3: That Which Was Done by the Sword Shall Be Undone by the Sword
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 & the Blade of LightGaidenMystery of the EmblemFire Emblem: Archanea SagaShadow DragonAwakening) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline