Three Houses: Catherine Profile & Introduction to Hero Relics

Today, the official Japanese Fire Emblem Twitter account surprised us by posting not one, but four Three Houses-related tweets during a weekend–which they hadn’t done for ages.

The first tweet was a profile of Catherine, a woman we briefly saw near the end of the second trailer and only recently learned her name.

A graduate of the Officer’s Academy at Garreg Mach Monastery, and a member of the Knights of Seiros.
She’s a master swordswoman who wields the “Raitei” [Lightning], one of the legendary weapons referred to as “hero relics”, and a knight who has sworn loyalty to Archbishop Rhea.

As usual, they also posted an accompanying video, showing some of her dialogue. A big thanks to SatsumaFSoysoy for providing the translations!

Afterwards, was another video explaining what “hero relics” are–and showcasing Catherine’s in action.

In the distant past, the Goddess bestowed her power to champions known as Fódlan’s 10 Elites.
Alongside the “crests”, the Goddess also gifted them with blessed weapons called the “hero relics”.
These “relics” will only reveal the Goddess’s power when possessed by one who bears the crest that resonates with the relic.

You may notice this is the cutscene where the shot of Catherine leaping into the air is from. Also, the crest embedded in her hero relic seems to belong to Charon of the 10 Elites. Lysithea has the same crest, so does that the mean the two are related?

Note: Catherine’s profile hasn’t been added to the official site yet, so we don’t know her surname. The image at the top of this article is just a mock up.

Lastly, they kindly confirmed something we pretty much guessed: the protagonist’s weapon is one of the hero relics.

Incidentally, some of you may have been wondering this, but the rugged sword wielded by the protagonist is one of the “Hero Relics”. Its name is the “Sword of the Creator”. What kind of power is contained within this “relic” that resonates with the protagonist’s mysterious crest?

This information also confirms that the weapons wielded by older Edelgard, Dimitri and Claude are hero relics too. So we know of five of them so far. I’m guessing there are at least ten in total, to line up with the 10 Elites. Plus an extra one for the Sword of the Creator.

I already mentioned this before, but the crests embedded in the house leaders’ weapons match their own crests, except for Edelgard’s. We’re told she has the minor crest of Seiros, but the crest in her weapon is a currently unknown one. That said, if it’s like Genealogy‘s holy blood, you may be able to have multiple crests.

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  • Mason Klaus

    This is just a guess but I think that the Sword of the Creator was likely wielded by the leader of the 10 Elites.

    • Bepo Grubišić

      From the original trailer, where the fight between Seiros and Nemesis occurs, Nemesis is wielding the Sword of the Creator. This is assuming those are Seiros and Nemesis. Which is interesting since he’s wielding the Sword of the Creator and also bears the title of a Liberation King… Also Nemesis and Byleth share the crest they have. Getting back on topic, the Sword of the Creator is a hero relic granted by Seiros to one of the ten elites so that would imply that Nemesis was one of the ten elites and ended up turning against Seiros for some reason. There is definitely some possible foreshadowing for Byleth here.

      • Rei1556

        that reason might be connected to why he is called “the liberation king” and when FE three houses was first shown off it was said that the land of fodlan is ruled/controlled by the church of seiros

      • Aveyn Knight

        Oh yeah, I don’t think the history of the 10 Elites from Twitter is the whole story. At some point, perhaps earlier, the Goddess also granted her power to various saints, including Seiros. From what I understand, Seiros is not an Elite but definitely has a crest. I am guessing Nemesis is a similar case. I wouldn’t be surprised if he “betrayed” the others though.

      • Mason Klaus

        Yeah thats a good possibility. Hopefully we’ll get more info on the 10 Elites, I mean the game comes out in a little more than a month and while we do have some info its not enough to know everything about the game or its story.

  • Disclaimer

    Following the others’ convention, the crest in Edelgard’s weapon is almost certainly the Crest of Hresvelg.

    The Adrestian Empire’s unique relationship with the Church of Seiros is likely why she wields two Hero Relics — Seiros’ sword and Hresvelg’s axe.

  • Blitzcaliber

    So a question about Claude now arises… they showed the classes on their website, which lord has Sword Lance and Authority, but he uses bows as clear from the trailer, and only the 3 house leaders can be lords, so does that mean he gets jipped out of his specialty while leveling and dabbling into lord, before having to go back to archer?

    • Volbeaha

      I think that the weapons associated with classes just get a boost to the amount of experience gained towards Professor levels, since the restrictions on weapons in this game are very few. So I don’t think we’ll have to worry about gypping anybody unless we mount the potential gauntlet inheritor, but even then it wouldn’t be too hard to modify the character to fit the relic thanks to the new system.

    • Sentinel

      As the other user said, the icons only correspond to what boost that class provides. All weapons can be equipped by all classes with a couple exceptions.

      Those exceptions being that magic is restricted to certain classes and gauntlets can’t be used by mounted classes.

    • SuperKamiNappa

      Edelgard gets the same treatment.

  • MegaTheGamer

    To agree with Disclaimer, Edelgard having Minor Seiros and Major Hresvelg wouldn’t be any different at all from Seliph in FE4 having Minor Naga and Major Baldus. So I would believe that.

  • nainelaine

    god these weapons are so cool.. probably the coolest looking ones from the “new” FE generation imo

    • Metadragon

      Axe, Lance and Bow… and Byleth will have the sword. 4th route DLC confirmed.

  • Metadragon

    There is a surprising amount of animation during the dialogue parts. This is gonna be amazing.