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“When I was young, I was asked by your father Sir Sigurd to take care of Lady Deirdre. But I failed, and she was lost. It was all my fault. And I couldn’t forget what happened then to this day…”
—Shanan to Seliph

Shanan (シャナン) is a character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. He is the half-nephew of Ayra, the son of Mariccle, the grandson of Mananan, and the cousin of Larcei and Ulster. He is the only known character who is capable of wielding the Balmung.


Sigurd's taleEdit

In Chapter One of the game, Shanan is initially held captive by Kinbois, who uses him as a hostage to force Ayra into doing his bidding. When Sigurd captures the castle and saves Shanan, Ayra will join his army, albeit begrudgingly. In Chapter 3, Shanan makes the grave mistake of allowing Deirdre to leave Agusty Castle, indirectly leading to her eventual capture and brainwashing by Manfroy. Shanan is known to shoulder the responsibility of Deirdre's disappearance, despite Sigurd assuring him that he is not to blame.

After Sigurd defeats Langobalt, Shanan departs with baby Seliph and his best friend Oifey to the outskirts of Isaach. He remains there for the next couple of years, raising his young cousins, the twins Larcei and Ulster, on Ayra's behalf. (He will raise Radney and Roddlevan instead if Ayra bore no children).

Seliph's taleEdit

Later, Shanan returns as a Swordmaster unit who automatically joins on the first turn of Chapter 7. He will also recruit Patty/Daisy when she attempts to pilfer the Balmung sacred sword from the Yied Shrine in a significant event of the game, whereby he manages to convince her into passing the sword into his possession.

After Belhalla is captured, Shanan expresses remorse at having been the cause of Deirdre's disappearance, but Seliph, much like his father, re-assures him that he is not at fault.

Shanan will ascend the Isaachian throne at the end of the game, provided that he survives till then.

In GameEdit

Base StatsEdit

  • Minor Holy Blood Indicator - Minor Holy Blood
  • Major Holy Blood Indicator - Major Holy Blood
Starting Class Holy Blood
FE4 Swordmaster Sprite (M)Swordmaster Odo Holy BloodMajor Holy Blood IndicatorOdo
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov Lead Gold
12 38 18 0 22 23 10 13 4 6 0 5,000
Skill(s) Weapon Starting Items
Shooting Star SwordAstra
FE4 SwordSword - FE4 Star Rank (Weapons) FE4SteelbladeSteel Blade

Growth RatesEdit

(With Holy Blood Bonuses)

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
120% 30% 5% 80% 20% 20% 40% 5%


In Chapter 7, if Shanan speaks to Patty/Daisy, he will obtain the Balmung.

In Chapter 7, if Seliph speaks to Shanan, Seliph will gain one point of skill.

In Chapter 7, if Larcei/Radney speaks to Shanan, she will gain two points of strength and 100 love points with him.

In Chapter 10, if Shanan speaks to Seliph, Shanan will gain three points of HP.

In the Final Chapter, if Patty/Daisy is in love with Shanan, she may speak to him, and he will gain three points of HP and three points of speed.

In the Final Chapter, after Dozel Castle is captured, if Larcei/Radney is in love with Shanan, she may speak to him, and he will gain three points of strength.


“Urgh... Seliph, forgive me!”
—Shanan's death quote


Original and replacement characters have the same love growths, unless stated otherwise.


Shanan is a formidable unit thanks to his ability to wield the almighty Balmung. With this weapon, he receives a bonus of +20 Speed and +10 Skill, which enhances the accuracy of his attacks and greatly increases his ability to dodge enemy attacks. It is recommended to stack up to 50 kills on Balmung as thanks to his high skill he will land criticals often.

Furthermore, Shanan's skills Pursuit, Continue, and Starlight Sword greatly boost his usefulness on the battlefield, as he is usually able to land multiple hits on an opponent.


In the Oosawa manga adaptation, Shanan attempts to attack Manfroy in the scene where Deirdre is taken hostage. He ultimately fails to do so, as Manfroy casts a hex to paralyse him before warping Deirdre away.


Shannon is a unisex name which takes its origins from Celtic and Irish mythology. It literally means "small, wise one".


  • Shanan is the only playable male swordmaster in Genealogy of the Holy War.


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