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We’re back again with more Fire Emblem: Three Houses characters. Previously we’ve seen plenty of students and a few instructors of the Officer’s Academy, and figures that had prominence within the Church of Seiros.

This week though we were introduced to two figures that stand out as outliers within the cast. Shrouded in mystery and mantles, these two must hold some greater significance to the game to the point Nintendo of America tweeted out their info and art alongside Japan.

First is the Flame Emperor, who “operates in the shadows of the monastery” and hides their face behind a mask. The only thing it can’t conceal is their ill-will towards the Church. If there’s any potential for a dramatic revelation or twist to the story of Three Houses, my money’s on this one.

They aren’t the only full covered masked menace around here though, as this scythe swinging skull sentinel also made their debut. A rumored figure within Three House’s world, only time will tell what they have to do with the game, its cast, and its growing intrigue.

Of course, there’re still three more students to meet as well. Reporting in for the Black Eagles is Bernadetta. Or rather, she would be if she weren’t a shut in who prefers her own room to engaging with other classmates. You can find her in lectures, though once the day’s done so is she.

Blue Lions is getting someone a little more personable in the form of Ashe. Studious and driven, his goal is to emulate his adoptive father. Born a commoner, it’s thanks to that adoption that he lives the life he does, one of constant training to match his idolized parent.

Finishing things off is Golden Deer’s Lysithea, a girl noted for her status as a magical prodigy (there’s nearly always one in Fire Emblem) to the point she’s the youngest of the Academy’s new recruits. She’s noted to be humble about her capabilities, and even if she’s mature in that sense she can show her childishness in certain situations.

That’s another week done and another week closer to Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ release on July 26th. The plot is thickening with some of these additions, and with E3 nearly here some of these mysteries (and other parts of the game) are due to be made clear very soon.

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.