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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. That said, not all descendants of a Crest holder will inherit their Crest and sometimes, Crests may skip generations—it may not appear in one individual, but their children may inherit a Crest. Crests also may appear in multiple children of the same family.

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 child, heaving all expectations on the crest bearer while ignoring the others. In Sylvain and Ingrid's shared ending, it is even possible for two Crest bearing parents to not have a single child with a Crest.

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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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 slays Nemesis and her forces suppress the Ten Elites, she rewrites the history of Fódlan, and the origin of Crests, into the story commonly propagated today.

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.

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In-GameEdit

Crests serve as combat enhancements that empower the wielder of one special properties 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.

In New Game+, players can spend Renown to buy items that bestow Crests onto characters. Aside from the new effects as a result of using one, no further bonuses are given.

Crests of the Ten Elites Edit

Elite Crest Crest Bearer(s) Crest Stone Ability Legendary Weapon(s)
Blaiddyd Crest of Blaiddyd Dimitri Grim Dragon The Faerghus royal family’s Crest, inherited from Blaiddyd of the 10 Elites. Occasionally doubles Atk and weapon uses for combat arts. Areadbhar
Charon Crest of Charon Catherine
Lysithea
Lightning Dragon House Charon’s Crest, inherited from Charon of the 10 Elites. Occasionally raises Mt when using combat arts. Thunderbrand
Daphnel Crest of Daphnel Ingrid Flame Dragon House Daphnel and House Galatea’s Crest, inherited from Daphnel of the 10 Elites. Sometimes raises Mt when using combat arts. Lúin
Dominic Crest of Dominque Annette Crusher Dragon House Dominic’s Crest, inherited from Dominic of the 10 Elites. Occasionally conserves uses of attack magic. Crusher
Fraldarius Crest of Fraldarius Felix
Rodrigue
Shield Dragon House Fraldarius’s Crest, inherited from Fraldarius of the 10 Elites. Sometimes raises Mt when using a weapon. Aegis Shield & Sword of Moralta
Gautier Crest of Gautier Sylvain Fissure Dragon House Gautier’s Crest, inherited from Gautier of the 10 Elites. Occasionally raises Mt when using combat arts. Lance of Ruin
Gloucester Crest of Gloucester Lysithea
Lorenz
Craft Dragon House Gloucester’s Crest, inherited from Gloucester of the 10 Elites. Occasionally raises Mt during magic attacks. Thyrsus & Axe of Ukonvasara
Goneril Crest of Goneril Hilda Kalpa Dragon House Goneril’s Crest, inherited from Goneril of the 10 Elites. Sometimes allows combat arts to prevent enemy counterattacks. Freikugel
Lamine Crest of Lamine Mercedes
Jeritza
Aegis Dragon A Crest inherited from Lamine of the 10 Elites. Occasionally conserves uses of recovery magic. Rafail Gem & Tathlum Bow
Riegan Crest of Riegan Claude Star Dragon 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

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

Crests of the Four Saints Edit

Saint Crest Crest Bearer(s) Crest Stone Ability Legendary Weapon(s)
Cethleann Crest of Cethlenn Flayn
Linhardt
Light Dragon 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
Cichol Crest of Cichol Seteth
Ferdinand
Earth Dragon 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
Indech Crest of Indech The Immovable
Bernadetta
Hanneman
Water Dragon Legend has it that Saint Indech bore this Crest. A symbol of wisdom and water. Occasionally allows weapon attacks to strike twice. The Inexhaustible
Macuil Crest of Macuil The Wind Caller Wind Dragon 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

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

Crests of the Divine Edit

Divine Crest Crest Bearer(s) Crest Stone Ability Legendary Weapon(s)
Flames 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
Seiros Crest of Seiros Rhea
Jeralt
Edelgard
Sky Dragon 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

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

Crests Lost to History Edit

Originator Crest Crest Bearer(s) Crest Stone Ability Legendary Weapon(s)
Aubin Crest of Aubin ? Ice Dragon A Crest long lost to history. Occasionally prevents enemy counterattacks when using a weapon. ?
Chevalier Crest of Chevalier ? Snow Dragon A Crest long lost to history. Sometimes restores HP equal to 30% of damage dealt when using Combat Arts. ?
Ernest Crest of Ernest ? Thorn Dragon A Crest long lost to history. Occasionally stops enemy counterattacks when using a weapon. ?
Noa Crest of Noa ? Bloom Dragon A Crest long lost to history. Occasionally does not consume a use during magic attacks. Dark Creator Sword
Timotheos Crest of Timotheos ? Dark Dragon A Crest long lost to history. Occasionally does not consume a use for recovery magic. Dark Creator Sword
Maurice Marianne's mystery Crest Wandering Beast
Marianne
Storm Dragon 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

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

Gallery Edit

TriviaEdit

  • Many Crests appear subtly in many locations; some even appear where they don't completely associate with their location.
    • Daphnel's Crest is found on the Alliance banner and is an Alliance territory, while Charon's Crest is found on the Kingdom banner and is a Kingdom territory.
    • Maurice's Crest is seen on Aymr, even though Aymr is associated with Seiros' Crest.
    • Ernest's Crest is found on Anna's clothing.
    • Timotheos' Crest appears on the balcony of Garrech Mach.
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  • The Crests bear similarity with the major arcana, whether its in appearance, their description, or the characteristics of their crest bearer. Ernest starting as The Fool, followed by Macuil as The Magician, and continues until the Crest of Flames as The World.
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