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“[They] are power incarnate. They are said to be bestowed upon humans by the goddess countless ages ago.”
Hanneman explaining Crests to Byleth.
Church of Seiros

A Church of Seiros fresco displaying the Crests of the Ten Elites, the Four Saints, and the Divine Seiros, as well as six unidentified Crests

Crests (紋章 Monshō) are a game mechanic introduced in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Similar to the Holy Blood from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, many of the nobility, who are descended from Fódlan's Ten Elites and Four Saints who fought during the War of Heroes, hail from families that bear Crests.


OverviewEdit

Believed to be blessings bestowed by the Goddess, Crests grant special powers to those who hold them such as high aptitude for magic, enhanced strength, and other boons that give them an edge over others. Crests are inherited by blood and thus recipients of Crests come from an ancestor who likewise had the same Crest. The actual Crest inheritance varies greatly. In most cases, a singular child of a family inherits a Crest. In some cases, such as the Bartel family, multiple children of the same generation inherit the same crest.

Being a Crest holder is not physically obvious and leaves no mark on its bearers. However, those who possess them may have certain qualities such as unnatural strength that indicate their status as Crest holders. Hanneman, an avid scholar of Crests, developed a device that can show an individual their Crest. Catherine has an innate knack for identifying a person's Crest just by looking at them, but it is a rare ability.

In Fódlan, Crests have had a significant impact on society. They are often seen as a sign of prestige and respect. Many noble houses value crests and are desperate to obtain one as a sign of their nobility. Some have been known to marry or adopt individuals of lesser houses or even commoners who have spontaneously inherited a Crest just to obtain one should their own heirs by birthright lack a Crest. The crest is not universally inherited by the eldest child, leading to power struggles within houses when a younger sibling is born with one. Houses are known to disown or otherwise disregard all other non-crest bearing children, heaving all expectations on the crest bearer while ignoring the others. As such, some people despise the status quo given by Crests, such as Edelgard who wishes to abolish the Crest system, and Hanneman who lost his sister to a noble who desperately desired to have crest-bearing children.

Crests are classified as either Major Crests that contain immense power, or Minor Crests that contain weaker, but somewhat potent power. Generally, it is believed that the stronger that a hero's blood runs within an heir, the higher the chance of that heir possessing a Major Crest. It is still possible for a child from a distant branch of a bloodline to be born with a Major Crest unexpectedly and it is unknown why this occurs.

As a general rule, it is considered impossible for an individual to possess more than a single Crest at once, but there have been some exceptions. Lysithea is one such individual, and she holds a Major Crest of Gloucester and a Minor Crest of Charon.


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These are not natural occurrences, but rather the results of inhumane experimentation to endow individuals with more Crests. The procedure, called blood reconstruction surgery, has a high failure rate as most attempts in the past wound up killing the test subject or driving them to madness. In the rare instances where the surgery is successful, the immense physiological strain of bearing two Crests still causes harmful side-effects, including turning the individual's hair white and dramatically shortening their lifespan.

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Attempting to use the true power of a Crest Stone will turn the user into a Demonic Beast if they are incompatible with it.

Several Crests appear prominently in the coat of arms and insignia throughout Fódlan: the Crest of Seiros for the Adrestian Empire and the Church of Seiros, the Crest of Blaiddyd for the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, and the Crests of Riegan, Goneril, Daphnel, and Gloucester for the Leicester Alliance. The Crests of Seiros, Blaiddyd, and Riegan are also used on the map of Fódlan to mark the domains of each country's ruling family.

Each Crest is associated with a specific type of dragon, which is only seen via the signs obtained on New Game Plus.


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In truth, Crests are derived from the blood of the Nabateans. Nemesis plundered the Holy Tomb, slaying Sothis in her sleep and turning her bones into the Sword of the Creator and removing her heart, granting himself her crest, the Crest of Flames. His Ten Elites slaughtered the Nabateans in Zanado.

As a reward for their efforts, the Ten Elites were given a Heroes' Relics, weapons and equipment of exceptional power crafted from the remains of the slain Nabaeans. They in turn also took the Nabateans blood and created the Crests that would allow them full control and power over the Relics. The exception was Wilhelm I, who betrayed Nemesis for Seiros and was given her Crest after she shared her blood with him. The Crests of the Four Saints are implied to have passed down the same way.

After Seiros kills Nemesis and the Ten Elites were suppressed by her forces, the history of Fódlan was rewritten into making the Ten Elites heroes who fought alongside her against Nemesis. Thus propagating the history commonly known in Fódlan by Imperial Year 1180.

The Crests do not need to come from a deceased Nabatean's blood as Jeralt received a Major Crest of Seiros when he received a blood transfusion from Rhea, who is Seiros herself. This can, however, cause significant side-effects to the receiver. When Rhea goes berserk in the Silver Snow ending, many high-ranking members of the Church of Seiros also went berserk, some even transforming into White Beasts.

Crests can also empower non-living entities, as the Altered Golems in the Crimson Flower ending each possess a Minor Crest of Seiros. Though there is no in-universe description on how this occurred, their Crests likely manifested from Rhea offering her blood during their creation by the Church of Seiros.

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In-GameEdit

Crests serve as combat enhancements that empower the wielder of one special property in battle. These can range from damage increase to attacks or reservation of spell usage. Crests are fixed to specific characters and cannot be removed. Their effects act as passive Skills that activate randomly, activating it more often if they have a Major crest or occasionally if it is a Minor crest.

Several characters will have innate Crests that will always appear on them such as Lorenz having the Crest of Gloucester or Ingrid having the Crest of Daphnel. Others such as Ashe or Leonie do not have crests and cannot acquire one normally.

In New Game+, players can spend 1,000 Renown to buy items called Dragon Signs (竜の証 Ryū no Akashi, lit. Dragon Proofs), which that bestow specific crests onto various characters, though some Dragon Signs will be unlocked naturally by entering NG+, depending on one's actions and which path players play. Dragon Signs allows even Crestless characters to obtain a Crest and receive the full benefits, though it will have no narrative effect on the story. However, Crests effects from Dragon Signs trigger less than Minor Crests.

It is currently unknown what determines when a player unlocks a Dragon Sign or not.

Crests of the Ten Elites Edit

Crest Name Crest Sign Crest Bearer(s) Corresponding Dragon Sign Ability Legendary Weapon(s) Major Arcana basis
Crest of Blaiddyd
ブレーダッドの紋章
Burēdaddo no Monshō
Crest of Blaiddyd Blaiddyd
Dimitri
Lambert
Loog
Klaus I
Grim Dragon Sign
惨竜の証
Sonryū no Akashi
The Faerghus royal family’s Crest, inherited from Blaiddyd of the 10 Elites. Occasionally doubles Atk and weapon uses for combat arts. Areadbhar Justice
Crest of Charon
カロンの紋章
Karon no Monshō
Crest of Charon Charon
Catherine
Lysithea
Lightning Dragon Sign
雷竜の証
Rairyū no Akashi
House Charon’s Crest, inherited from Charon of the 10 Elites. Occasionally raises Mt when using combat arts. Thunderbrand The Tower
Crest of Daphnel
ダフネルの紋章
Dafuneru no Monshō
Crest of Daphnel Daphnel
Ingrid
Flame Dragon Sign
炎竜の証
Enryū no Akashi
House Daphnel and House Galatea’s Crest, inherited from Daphnel of the 10 Elites. Sometimes raises Mt when using combat arts. Lúin The Chariot
Crest of Dominic
ドミニクの紋章
Dominiku no Monshō
Crest of Dominque Dominic
Annette
Crusher Dragon Sign
砕竜の証
Sairyū no Akashi
House Dominic’s Crest, inherited from Dominic of the 10 Elites. Occasionally conserves uses of attack magic. Crusher The Empress
Crest of Fraldarius
フラルダリウスの紋章
Furarudariusu no Monshō
Crest of Fraldarius Fraldarius
Rodrigue
Felix
Shield Dragon Sign
盾竜の証
Junryū no Akashi
House Fraldarius’s Crest, inherited from Fraldarius of the 10 Elites. Sometimes raises Mt when using a weapon. Aegis Shield & Sword of Moralta The Emperor
Crest of Gautier
ゴーティエの紋章
Gōtie no Monshō
Crest of Gautier Gautier
Sylvain
Fissure Dragon Sign
裂竜の証
Sakuryū no Akashi
House Gautier’s Crest, inherited from Gautier of the 10 Elites. Occasionally raises Mt when using combat arts. Lance of Ruin Death
Crest of Gloucester
グロスタールの紋章
Gurosutāru no Monshō
Crest of Gloucester Gloucester
Lysithea
Lorenz
Craft Dragon Sign
賢竜の証
Kenryū no Akashi
House Gloucester’s Crest, inherited from Gloucester of the 10 Elites. Occasionally raises Mt during magic attacks. Thyrsus & Axe of Ukonvasara The Hermit
Crest of Goneril
ゴネリルの紋章
Goneriru no Monshō
Crest of Goneril Goneril
Hilda
Kalpa Dragon Sign
劫竜の証
Kōryū no Akashi
House Goneril’s Crest, inherited from Goneril of the 10 Elites. Sometimes allows combat arts to prevent enemy counterattacks. Freikugel Wheel of Fortune
Crest of Lamine
ラミーヌの紋章
Ramīnu no Monshō
Crest of Lamine Lamine
Mercedes
Jeritza
Aegis Dragon Sign
護竜の証
Goryū no Akashi
A Crest inherited from Lamine of the 10 Elites. Occasionally conserves uses of recovery magic. Rafail Gem & Tathlum Bow Judgement
Crest of Riegan
リーガンの紋章
Rīgan no Monshō
Crest of Riegan Riegan
Claude
Star Dragon Sign
星竜の証
Seiryū no Akashi
A Crest inherited from Riegan of the 10 Elites. Sometimes restores HP equal to 30% of damage dealt when using combat arts. Failnaught & Sword of Begalta The Moon

† Indicates the holder of a Minor Crest.
‡ Indicates the holder of a Major Crest.

Crests of the Four Saints Edit

Crest Name Crest Sign Crest Bearer(s) Corresponding Dragon Sign Ability Legendary Weapon(s) Major Arcana basis
Crest of Cethleann
セスリーンの紋章
Sesurīn no Monshō
Crest of Cethlenn Flayn
Linhardt
Light Dragon Sign
光竜の証
Kōryū no Akashi
Legend has it that Saint Cethleann bore this Crest. A symbol of kindness and mastery of light. Sometimes raises Mt when using recovery magic. Caduceus Staff The Lovers
Crest of Cichol
キッホルの紋章
Kihhoru no Monshō
Crest of Cichol Seteth
Ferdinand
Earth Dragon Sign
地竜の証
Chiryū no Akashi
Legend has it that Saint Cichol bore this Crest. A symbol of strength and the land. Sometimes lets combat arts prevent enemy counterattacks. Spear of Assal & Ochain Shield Strength
Crest of Indech
インデッハの紋章
Indehha no Monshō
Crest of Indech The Immovable
Bernadetta
Hanneman
Water Dragon Sign
水竜の証
Suiryū no Akashi
Legend has it that Saint Indech bore this Crest. A symbol of wisdom and water. Occasionally allows weapon attacks to strike twice. The Inexhaustible Temperance
Crest of Macuil
マクイルの紋章
Makuiru no Monshō
Crest of Macuil The Wind Caller Wind Dragon Sign
風竜の証
Fūryū no Akashi
Legend has it that Saint Macuil bore this Crest. A symbol of magic and mastery of the wind. Occasionally raises Mt during magic attacks. Sword of Begalta The Magician

† Indicates the holder of a Minor Crest.
‡ Indicates the holder of a Major Crest.

Crests of the Divine Edit

Crest Name Crest Sign Crest Bearer(s) Corresponding Dragon Sign Ability Legendary Weapon(s) Major Arcana basis
Crest of Flames
炎の紋章
Honō no Monshō
Crest of Flames Nemesis
Byleth
Sothis
? The Crest of the goddess who governs the world. Occasionally restores HP equal to 30% of damage dealt. Rarely raises Mt and stops counterattacks. Sword of the Creator

Dark Creator Sword

The World
Crest of Seiros
セイロスの紋章
Seirosu no Monshō
Crest of Seiros Rhea
Jeralt
Edelgard
Wilhelm I
Lycaon I
Sky Dragon Sign
空竜の証
Kūryū no Akashi
Legend has it that Saint Seiros bore this Crest and passed it down through House Hresvelg. Occasionally raises Mt when using combat arts. Sword of Seiros
Seiros Shield
Aymr
The High Priestess

† Indicates the holder of a Minor Crest.
‡ Indicates the holder of a Major Crest.

Crests Lost to History Edit

Crest Name Crest Sign Crest Bearer(s) Corresponding Dragon Sign Ability Legendary Weapon(s) Major Arcana basis
Crest of Aubin
オーバンの紋章
Ōban no Monshō
Crest of Aubin Yuri Ice Dragon Sign
氷竜の証
Hyōryū no Akashi
A Crest long lost to history. Occasionally prevents enemy counterattacks when using a weapon. ? The Hanged Man
Crest of Chevalier
シュヴァリエの紋章
Shuvarie no Monshō
Crest of Chevalier Balthus Snow Dragon Sign
雪竜の証
Setsuryū no Akashi
A Crest long lost to history. Sometimes restores HP equal to 30% of damage dealt when using Combat Arts. Vajra-Mushti The Sun
Crest of Ernest
エルネストの紋章
Erunesuto no Monshō
Crest of Ernest Anna Thorn Dragon Sign
棘竜の証
Kokuryū no Akashi
A Crest long lost to history. Occasionally stops enemy counterattacks when using a weapon. ? The Fool
Crest of Noa
ノアの紋章
Noa no Monshō
Crest of Noa Constance Bloom Dragon Sign
萌竜の証
Mōryū no Akashi
A Crest long lost to history. Occasionally does not consume a use during magic attacks. Dark Creator Sword The Hierophant
Crest of Timotheos
ティモテの紋章
Timote no Monshō
Crest of Timotheos Hapi Dark Dragon Sign
闇竜の証
Onryū no Akashi
A Crest long lost to history. Occasionally does not consume a use for recovery magic. Dark Creator Sword The Star
Crest of the Beast/Maurice
獣/モーリスの紋章
Kemono/Mōrisu no Monshō
Marianne's mystery Crest Wandering Beast
Marianne
Storm Dragon Sign
嵐竜の証
Ranryū no Akashi
The Crest of a Hero whose identity was lost to history. Promises contempt for those who bear it. Sometimes raises Mt when using a weapon. Blutgang The Devil

† Indicates the holder of a Minor Crest.
‡ Indicates the holder of a Major Crest.

Gallery Edit

TriviaEdit

  • The Crests bear similarity with the Major Arcana, whether it's in their appearance, their description, or the characteristics one of their crest bearers. Ernest starting as The Fool, followed by Macuil as The Magician, and continues until the Crest of Flames as The World. This can be seen in-game by the order of placements the Dragon Signs are in when purchasing them.
  • Many Crests appear subtly in many locations; some even appear where they don't completely associate with their location.


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