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Arete (シェンメイ, Shenmei in the Japanese version) is an enemy character in the Revelation route in Fire Emblem Fates. She is voiced by Yuka Keicho in the Japanese version.

ProfileEdit

Arete is Azura's biological mother and the second wife of King Garon of Nohr. Arete is the second queen consort of Nohr; therefore, none of the royal siblings are her actual children with the exception of Azura. Arete was once the queen of Valla and had Azura with her first husband. Arete has deep connections to the Kingdom of Valla.

RevelationEdit

She was once Valla's queen before being forced to flee alongside her younger sister Mikoto after the insane half of Mikoto's lover Anankos usurped the previous ruler. Arete and little Azura then arrived in Nohr, where she eventually became King Garon's second wife and his second queen consort after he fell in love with her singing voice. She later gave her life to save Nohr and her daughter, apparently by openly speaking about Valla despite the Kingdom's curse that kills anyone who talks about it outside its limits.

Years later, Arete is revived by Anankos without her memories as one of his minions. She later encounters Azura and the Avatar the first time they go to Valla, forcing them to leave, but does not reveal her identity to them. Much later, after Azura and the Avatar combine the Hoshidan and Nohrian army, Arete serves as the front commander of the Vallite army upon their return to Valla. Azura eventually sees that the mysterious woman they met earlier was her deceased mother. Arete confronts their army three times, though each time she fights her daughter, memories of her past begins to surface. After Arete is defeated for a third and final time, she remembers her daughter. As her soul is slowly released from Anankos' control, she calls out for her daughter. Arete expresses with pride of Azura's growth since the last time she saw her as a little girl. However, her brief time with her daughter ends when she dissolves away, leaving the army to harden their resolve to take down Anankos.

In GameEdit

Boss StatsEdit

Revelation Chapter 18 - Veiled KingdomEdit

Starting Class
FE14 Shenmei Strategist Map SpriteStrategist
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
7 37 0 20 16 17 18 9 19+1 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

(None)

FE14 Tome Tome - B
FE14 Staff Staff - C

Rabbit Spirit (Dropped)
Sun Festal

Starting Class
FE14 Shenmei Strategist Map SpriteStrategist
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
7 39 0 22 16 17 18 9 21+3 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Resistance+2Resistance +2

FE14 Tome Tome - B
FE14 Staff Staff - C

Rabbit Spirit (Dropped)
Sun Festal

Starting Class
FE14 Shenmei Strategist Map SpriteStrategist
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
7 42 0 25 16 17 18 12 27 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Resistance+2Resistance +2

FE14 Tome Tome - B
FE14 Staff Staff - A

Rabbit Spirit (Dropped)
Sun Festal

Revelation Chapter 22 - MemoriesEdit

Starting Class
FE14 Shenmei Strategist Map SpriteStrategist
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
10 36 13 21+2 20 18 12 18 23+1 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Magic +2Magic +2

FE14 Tome Tome - B
FE14 Staff Staff - A

Rabbit Spirit
Grand Festal
Silence

Starting Class
FE14 Shenmei Strategist Map SpriteStrategist
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
10 38 15 21+2 20 18 12 19 23+1 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Magic +2Magic +2
Battle CommandInspiration

FE14 Tome Tome - B
FE14 Staff Staff - A

Rabbit Spirit
Grand Festal
Silence

Starting Class
FE14 Shenmei Strategist Map SpriteStrategist
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
10 40 17 24+2 20 18 12 21 25+1 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Magic +2Magic +2
Battle CommandInspiration

FE14 Tome Tome - B
FE14 Staff Staff - A

Rabbit Spirit
Grand Festal
Silence

Revelation Chapter 23 - Arete UndoneEdit

Starting Class
FE14 Shenmei Strategist Map SpriteStrategist
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
12 41 14 24+2 21 18 10 19 28 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Magic +2Magic +2

FE14 Tome Tome - B
FE14 Staff Staff - A

Ragnarok
Fortify
Enfeeble

Starting Class
FE14 Shenmei Strategist Map SpriteStrategist
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
12 42 15 24+2 21 18 10 20 28 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Magic +2Magic +2
Battle CommandInspiration

FE14 Tome Tome - B
FE14 Staff Staff - A

Ragnarok
Fortify
Enfeeble

Starting Class
FE14 Shenmei Strategist Map SpriteStrategist
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
12 44 17 27+2 21 18 10 23 30 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Magic +2Magic +2
Battle CommandInspiration

FE14 Tome Tome - B
FE14 Staff Staff - A

Ragnarok
Fortify
Enfeeble

Xenologue 8 - Hidden Truths 2Edit

Starting Class
Mov
-

Starting Class
Mov
-

Starting Class
FE14 Shenmei Strategist Map SpriteStrategist
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
12 40 13 21+2 19 18 0 18 15 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Magic +2Magic +2

FE14 Tome Tome - B
FE14 Staff Staff - B

Ragnarok
Physic

Xenologue 19 - Heirs of Fate 5: Endless DawnEdit

Starting Class
Mov
-

Starting Class
Mov
-

Starting Class
FE14 Shenmei Strategist Map SpriteStrategist
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
11 41 15 23+2 21 18 10 20 28 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Magic +2Magic +2
Battle CommandInspiration

FE14 Tome Tome - B
FE14 Staff Staff - A

Ragnarok
Fortify
Master Seal (Dropped)

QuotesEdit

Help DescriptionEdit

Azura's mother. Once married to King Garon. Also has strong ties to Valla.

Chapter 18 (Revelation)Edit

Pre-BattleEdit

“On behalf of my king, I welcome you to our hidden kingdom.”
—Pre-Battle quote as ???.

DefeatedEdit

“So...you are capable of more than I thought...”
—Defeat quote as ???.

Chapter 22 (Revelation)Edit

Pre-Battle QuoteEdit

“Everything that I do, I do in the name of the great Anankos.”
—Arete's pre-battle quote.

Vs. AzuraEdit

  • Arete: "King Anankos will see you destroyed."
  • Azura: "..."

DefeatedEdit

“You seem...stronger than before. I should have accounted for that...”
—Arete's defeat quote.

Chapter 23 (Revelation)Edit

Pre-Battle QuoteEdit

“I will not allow you to go any farther. If you try, I will kill you.”
—Arete's pre-battle quote.

Vs. AzuraEdit

  • Arete: "Why is it that looking at you gives me such an incredible headache?"
  • Azura: "I... Could it be..."
  • Arete: "No matter--killing you will make the pain go away. Prepare yourself for the next world."
  • Azura: "After our last encounter, I readied myself for this moment. I knew that, if we met again, I might have to be the one to take you down."

Critical/Skill QuoteEdit

  • "I'm sorry."

DefeatedEdit

“I...”
—Arete's defeat quote.

Hidden Truths 2Edit

Pre-Battle QuoteEdit

“Lady Lilith has ordered me to annihilate you...”
—Arete's pre-battle quote.

DefeatedEdit

“To think that outsiders could be so powerful...”
—Arete's defeat quote.

Heirs of Fate 5: Endless DawnEdit

Pre-Battle QuoteEdit

“You will die before ever sullying the almighty King Anankos's presence.”
—Arete's pre-battle quote.

Vs. ShigureEdit

  • Arete: It was good of you to come and meet your death firsthand. You've been quite the thorn in our side. You and your mother both. Not to mention a pain in my skull. Every time I lay eyes on you... Every time...
  • Shigure: If you don't understand why that is, then you are truly lost to me. I had hopes...daydreams...about what might happen if you could be saved. What joy we might have shared. What songs we might have sung.
  • Arete: You flatter yourself. I would I deign to do these things with you?
  • Shigure: Do you feel nothing when you look at me? At this pendant? It doesn't stir anything at all within you?
  • Arete: What does the great King Anankos's loyal servant care for such things? Perhaps this pain will stop when I silence you once and for all. But first, let me hear your voice. Sing once more before fading into nothing.
  • Shigure: If I sing, it will be your funeral dirge. For I see there can be no mercy for you. Farewell, Grandmother...

DefeatedEdit

“Ah... finally... I remember at last...”
—Arete's defeat quote.

“I'm so proud of you.”
—Arete's defeat voice clip quote.

“Thank you, Shigure... Go... There may still be time... I'm sorry, Azura... I was...a poor mother to you...”
—Arete teleports to the inner map as an ally unit and activates Dragon Vein

EtymologyEdit

"Arete", in Greek, means either "excellence" or "moral virtue". In its earliest appearance in Greek, this notion of excellence was ultimately bound up with the notion of the fulfillment of purpose or function: the act of living up to one's full potential. This name may be an allusion to Queen Arete's knowledge about Valla, which she passed to Azura. It is also similar in meaning to Mikoto.

In Greek mythology Arete was the much-loved wife and queen of King Alcinous of Scheria. Both were descendants of the sea god, Poseidon, which may be a possible allusion to Azura, Shigure, and Anankos's water motif.

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