Presentation of Carcino in the prologue

Carcino (カルチノ Karuchino) is a nation in the game Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. The mercantile republic of Carcino is governed by a council of elders, and, unlike the other nations of Magvel, is more of a democracy (allowing anyone of an ungiven age a part in rulership) than a monarchy or theocracy. The game even refers to the nation as a republic. During Grado's quest to destroy The Sacred Stones, one of Carcino's senators, Pablo, decides to aid Grado and hires mercenary armies to hunt down Eirika and her companions. However, after his attempt to kill Innes is foiled, Councilman Klimt receives aid from Frelia to push Pablo back.

After Pablo's death, it can be assumed that Carcino maintains its original ties with Frelia.

Characters from CarcinoEdit

  • Rennac - The son of a wealthy Carcino merchant who works as a mercenary. Hired by L'Arachel to accompany her on her journey.
  • Klimt - A member of the Carcino Council of Elders who refused to join Grado.
  • Pablo - A member of the Carcino Council of Elders who sided with Grado and began assassinating those who disagreed with him.


  • Carcino is the only nation on Magvel that does not house a Sacred Stone.


The area seems like a recreation of medieval Italy, with its emphasis on trade and its Roman-esque forms of government. The ending 'ino' or simply 'o' evokes Italian to most Western readers, but it's also interesting to remark that 'Carcino' bears a strong resemblance to the word 'carcinogen,' which means 'a substance that causes cancer.' Mercantile townships which evolved outside of feudal control in the Late Middle Ages, of which Carcino is a very concentrated emulation, were certainly viewed as a sort of carcinogen, or corruption of feudalism, to disgruntled nobles.

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