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Nemesis is a character from Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

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Nemesis was the leader of an army that opposed Seiros and the Ten Elites during the War of Heroes. He possessed the Crest of Flames and wielded the Sword of the Creator. In Imperial Year 91, the armies of Nemesis and Seiros clashed at the Tailtean Plains. There, Nemesis was confronted and slain by Seiros in single-combat.

Academy PhaseEdit

Many years after his death, the newly appointed professor of the Officers Academy, Byleth, is tasked with subduing thieves in the Holy Mausoleum during the Goddess' Rite of Rebirth. The leader of the thieves opens the coffin of Seiros and finds the weapon of Nemesis, the Sword of the Creator, within and attempts to defend themselves against Byleth. However, Byleth is not only able to easily parry the thief but is able to awaken the sword's power, despite the missing Crest Stone.

The next day, Archbishop Lady Rhea thanks them for dealing with the thieves and protecting the Sword of the Creator, and in reward entrusts the sword with Byleth. Surprised by her decision, Seteth warns Rhea to reconsider, as if someone like Nemesis were to appear again, Fódlan would be consumed in war. Unaware of Nemesis, Byleth asks the two who he is.

When Fódlan was attacked by wicked gods, the Goddess gifted Nemesis with the Sword of the Creator and saved Fódlan, earning the title of the King of Liberation. However, over time, his power corrupted him and he waged war across the land, forcing Seiros to put him down. Rhea trusts that Byleth will not be corrupted like Nemesis and leaves the sword to them. Shortly afterward, Byleth meets with their colleague Hanneman who reveals to them that they are in fact the descendant of Nemesis and inherited the Crest of Flames from him, hence being able to wield of the Sword of the Creator.


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The truth of the legend is that Nemesis was never more than the leader of a group of bandits who were influenced by the people of Agartha to break into the Holy Tomb and steal Sothis' body. The Agarthans then used the blood of Sothis to give Nemesis the Crest of Flames and the bones and heart of Sothis to make the Sword of the Creator. Sothis never willingly chose to give these powers to humans, they simply took them. He would then arrive at Zanado and massacre the Children of the Goddess with the sword. Similarly, the blood of the Children of the Goddess was given to Nemesis' group of bandits, later known as the Ten Elites, and their bones were made into the Heroes' Relics.

Additionally, Nemesis never had any descendants and he and Byleth are not related at all. In reality, Rhea took out the Crest Stone from the Sword of the Creator and implanted into Byleth's heart when they were born, as an attempt to resurrect Sothis.

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War PhaseEdit

Crimson FlowerEdit

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Before departing to Derdriu, Edelgard reveals to Byleth that Nemesis was never corrupted and that Seiros manipulated the people of Fódlan to wage war against Nemesis. This knowledge was passed down from emperor to emperor, as the first emperor was an ally of Seiros during the War of Heroes, but what Edelgard told Byleth was only partially true.

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Verdant WindEdit

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After the destruction of Shambhala, Nemesis is resurrected by Those Who Slither in the Dark and raises an ancient army to fight Seiros once more, slaughtering villages as he marches to Garreg Mach Monastery. The Alliance Army intercepts Nemesis at the Caledonian Plateau and Byleth and Claude engage him in a tumultuous final battle; eventually emerging victorious and slaying Nemesis once and for all.

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PersonalityEdit

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Nemesis has shown to be easily manipulated by Those Who Slither in the Dark and is willing to commit genocide to prove his dominance. He does show apprehension when faced with divine powers, however. He has a strict sense of honor and looked down on Claude and Byleth for not being strong enough to fight him one-on-one. He was apparently not aware of Seiros' identity as a survivor of the Red Canyon until moments before his death (when she asked if he recalled it), and killing her is his main desire once he resurrects, though he never gets the chance.

As a boss his in-game description reads "under the pretense of liberating Fodlan from a reign of deception, this king rallied his people to arms in the War of Heroes." This and the Wandering Beast referring to him as a "king" suggests that after gaining his powers he did manage to become at least somewhat legitimate king of some kind and that he motivated people to join him in his attempted conquest of Fódlan by using some kind of questionable propaganda.

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In-GameEdit

Base StatsEdit

For the Freedom of FódlanEdit

Skill FE16 sword icon FE16 lance icon FE16 axe icon FE16 bow icon FE16 brawl icon FE16 reason icon FE16 faith icon FE16 authority icon FE16 heavy armor icon FE16 riding icon FE16 flying icon
Level A C C D B+ D E A E E E
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OverallEdit

Even without his buffs, Nemesis is a very powerful opponent. He will have a staggering amount of attack, allowing him to break through the defenses of just about anyone. The swamp drains after Lamine, the gremory of the Ten Elites, is defeated, negating his ability to restore extra HP from it. He will begin to move after being attacked for the first time, so it is crucial that squishy and/or slow units have been moved to a safe area.

Claude can be an effective bait and attacker with Fallen Star, but it will exhaust the durability of Failnaught quickly. Lysithea can also deal a considerable amount of damage to him with Luna, potentially even taking him out in one blow if she scores a critical hit. However, Counterattack will ensure that Lysithea will meet her end if she misses or doesn't defeat him, even if her range has been boosted through skills or items. Even if their effectiveness has been reduced by the Commander skill, Gambits are still useful to chip away at Nemesis as they prevent him from countering.

EtymologyEdit

Nemesis is the ancient Greek goddess who enacts retribution against those who succumb to hubris (arrogance before the gods). Another name for her is Adrasteia (or Adrestia), meaning "the inescapable"

Trivia Edit

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  • Nemesis is one of the several final bosses in the series to move. The others are Duma, Idunn, Fomortiis, Ashnard and Garon.
  • Nemesis is the only final boss in Three Houses that isn't a monster. Rhea in her Immaculate One form is fought in both Crimson Flower and Silver Snow routes, while Edelgard in her Hegemon Husk form is fought in the Azure Moon route. Because of this, Nemesis has only one health bar, as opposed to Rhea and Hegemon Edelgard's four.
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