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“You dare to oppose me, fool? You must not value your life. Cower before the might of the magic Imhullu: once forbidden, now unleashed!”
—Gharnef's battle quote in Chapter 15 in Shadow Dragon

Gharnef (ガーネフ, Garnef, Garnef in the Japanese version) is an enemy character and a dark mage from Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, and their remakes. Gharnef's Imhullu spell makes him immune to attacks; however, a magician using the spell Starlight (created by his former master Gotoh) can kill him.

ProfileEdit

ArchaneaEdit

He was once a star pupil of Gotoh, along with Miloah, but due to his lack of a caring heart, he was disqualified to become the inheritor of the Aura spell. Out of jealousy, Gharnef stole the Darksphere, which twisted his soul, and crafted from it the spell Imhullu. Sometime afterwards, he visited an orphanage ravaged by war and used the feelings of despair in Eremiya, the orphanage's bishop, to wipe her memories and bewitch her to put other orphans through brutal training to become assassins. Eventually, he put his plans into motion. He took over Khadein by killing Miloah, revived Medeus and his Dolhr Empire, and manipulated Michalis into killing his father by spreading a rumor that King Osmond was planning to choose Minerva as his successor. He worked with Dolhr and their allies to conquer the world, although he planned to eventually betray them in the end and crush Medeus with the Imhullu spell and the Falchion. He led the attack on Altea (and may have been the one to kill Marth's father Cornelius) in order to gain the Falchion and kidnap Elice, so that he could gain use of the Aum Staff. However, Marth later defeated him and slew Medeus, but Gharnef's soul remained in the Darksphere, allowing his soul to eventually be returned to the land of the living by his heretic followers, albeit without a physical body to inhabit.

When he heard about Hardin's sorrow, Gharnef disguised himself as a merchant and offered him the Darksphere, which twisted Hardin's soul. By using Akaneia's army and Eremiya's assassins, he then gathered four noble sisters, Lena, Maria, Nyna, and Elice, to be sacrificed for Medeus' revival. A member of Marth's army eventually killed him once again with the Starlight spell and thwarted his plan.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Edit

Gharnef appears in Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE as a major antagonist. His background is largely based on his background in Shadow Dragon and Mystery of the Emblem. After being spurned by his mentor for a rival pupil, Gharnef's jealousy leads him to revive the Shadow Dragon Medeus. In the end, his scheme was thwarted by the Hero-King Marth and his companions. However, rather than die, Gharnef was sealed away.

As time passed and the seal weakened, Gharnef crossed the dimensional barrier, meeting Yatsufusa Hatanaka, with whom he shared a common interest in the resurrection of Medeus. It is revealed that Gharnef was responsible for the Mass Disappearance that kicked off the game's events, and was also the one responsible for erasing the memories of Chrom and his fellow Mirages before enslaving them.

Gharnef's ultimate goal is the completion of the Opera of Shadows, a ritual to resurrect Medeus that requires enormous amounts of Performa. When Itsuki's party learns this, they seek to complete the trials necessary to perform the Opera of Light; a ritual that can counter the Opera of Shadows. Before they can reach the third trial chamber, where the spirit of the Hero-King Marth awaited them, Gharnef and Hatanaka arrive and steal Marth's spirit away. Hatanaka, still seeing Itsuki and his friends as a threat, then offers Gharnef all of his Performa so that the Pontifex can destroy them.

Gharnef's Mirage form in battle takes the physical form of a disembodied bald head within an armored sphere. The sphere is in turn attached to a mechanism that creates a large body with limbs made of energy. He battles Itsuki's party and is defeated, but still manages to send Marth's spirit to Medeus to prevent the Opera of Light from succeeding.

In GameEdit

Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no TsurugiEdit

Boss StatsEdit

Starting Class
Bishop
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Wlv Mov
10 34 7 5 18 0 12 0 14 6
Weapon Starting Items

Magic
Staff

Imhullu

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the EmblemEdit

Boss StatsEdit

Starting Class
Bishop
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
10 34 10 2 6 4 10 8 6
Weapon Starting Items

Magic
Staff

Mafu iconImhullu
Falchion FE3Falchion*

*Drops when defeated

Starting Class
Dark Mage
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Wlv Mov
20 34 12 1 5 4 16 10 - 6
Weapon Starting Items

Magic
Staff

Mafu iconImhullu
Falchion FE3Falchion*

* Drops when defeated

Fire Emblem: Shadow DragonEdit

Boss StatsEdit

Starting Class
Enemy Sorcerer FE12 Map IconSorcerer
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
15 34 2 5 5 18 0 11 10 6
Weapon Starting Items

Magic - A
Staff - E

MaphImhullu
FalchionFalchion*

* Drops when defeated

Starting Class
Enemy Sorcerer FE12 Map IconSorcerer
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
15 44 2 13 13 25 0 11 10 6
Weapon Starting Items

Magic - A
Staff - E

MaphImhullu
FalchionFalchion*

*Drops when defeated

Fire Emblem: Shin Monshō no Nazo ~Hikari to Kage no Eiyū~Edit

Boss StatsEdit

Starting Class
Enemy Sorcerer FE12 Map IconSorcerer
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
20 38 2 12 16 15 0 13 17 6
Weapon Starting Items

FE12 TomeTome - A
FE12 StaffStaff - E

MaphImhullu
FalchionFalchion*

*Drops when defeated

Fire Emblem Awakening (SpotPass)Edit

Boss StatsEdit

Starting Class
FE13 NPC Generic Sorcerer (M) Map SpriteSorcerer
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
20 60 18 35 34 31 14 29 33 6
Skills Weapon Starting Items

FE13CurseHex
CrimsoncurseAnathema
Vengeance (FE13)Vengeance
Magic Slayer IconTomebreaker
LifeabsorbLifetaker

TomeIconFE13Tome - A

Goetia FE13 IconGoetia*

* Enemy only, joins unequipped.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FEEdit

Boss StatsEdit

Starting Class
TMS Dark mage icon ?
Level HP EP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
55  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
GIR Sword Icon GIR Lance Icon GIR Axe Icon GIR Bow Icon GIR Fire Icon GIR Ice Icon GIR Electricity Icon GIR Force Icon GIR Light Icon GIR Dark Icon
Resist -- -- -- Drain Null -- Weak  ?  ?
Skills Items
Command Session Passive

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GIR Fire Icon Agidyne
GIR Light Icon Mind Surge
GIR Support Icon Spirit Calling
GIR Support Icon Feral Trance
GIR Almighty Icon Imhullu

GIR Fire Icon Sword-Elfire
GIR Fire Icon Axe-Elfire

--

QuotesEdit

“Agh! What... Where did you get...Starlight...? Still, you are a fool...Your power is not enough to defeat Medeus...I shall be waiting in the pits of the inferno...for when he sends you to join me... Heh heh, ha ha ha!”
—Gharnef's death quote in Shadow Dragon

“Haha... It’s already too late... This world is done for...”
—Gharnef's death quote in Mystery of the Emblem Book 2

“How could I... aah!”
—Gharnef's death quote in Rouges and Redeemers 3

“Inconceivable! How could my magic be thwarted... Aaaggh!”
—Gharnef's death quote in Rouges and Redeemers 3

TriviaEdit

  • In Rogues and Redeemers 2, Gharnef is the only villain who appears to express any knowledge of their new allies, instantly recognizing Tiki despite her adult appearance and knowing that it would have taken a great amount of time for her to reach such a level of maturity.
  • Gharnef's Mirage form in Tokyo Mirage Sessions appears to be at least partially inspired by YHVH, the final boss of Megami Tensei II and Shin Megami Tensei II. In these games, YHVH appears as a large, disembodied bald head, similar to the appearance of Gharnef's physical form.

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