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  • Acting in the Dark: Chris Hackney didn't know who the Flame Emperor was until he voiced Dimitri's lines for The Reveal.
  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • Patrick Seitz, who was previously a high school teacher, voices Jeritza, a teacher at the Officer's Academy.
    • Joe Zieja, like his character Claude, attended a military academy in the Air Force Academy before going on to serve in the Air Force and then into military intelligence.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
    • Rhea is often quoted as saying "I'll rip your heart out!" when referring to her role in Crimson Flower as an antagonist. She never actually says that; she instead actually says "I shall rip your chest open, and TAKE BACK YOUR HEART MYSELF!"
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    • Edelgard in the Verdant Wind route is quoted as saying Claude, as an outsider, has no right to change Fódlan. In reality, she never says that; her boss dialogue states since Claude has insufficient knowledge of Fódlan's suffering, she cannot work with him despite knowing they share similar ideals.
    • Rhea is often depicted in fan works as calling Sitri her daughter. This is a valid interpretation, but in the actual game as well as the DLC she never says this explicitly, instead using vague or less personal language.
    • On the Crimson Flower route, Edelgard is often misquoted as saying Rhea merely took the name of Seiros to inspire her troops. In actuality, not only is the line said by Hubert rather than Edelgard, the message was more about Rhea using the goddess' name (IE Sothis) as a way to inspire her troops to keep fighting. Seiros's battle dialogue with Edelgard heavily implies that the latter is fully aware that Seiros and Rhea are the same person due to her lack of surprise when Seiros mentions Wilhelm. Likewise and contrary to what some believe, the route also reveals both in the Saint class' description and in Byleth's battle dialogue with her that Saint Seiros and Archbishop Rhea are indeed one and the same.
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    • The end of the FMV that plays during the aftermath of the Fort Merceus battle (Chapter 18 of Verdant Wind; Chapter 17 of Silver Snow), shows Byleth and a small battalion of soldiers looking on warily at the mass destruction that Those Who Slithers' ballistic missiles wrought on the fort. If you're playing as a female Byleth, her eyes are erroneously colored blue for one shot.
    • In the aftermath of Chapter 17 of the Crimson Flower route, which features a still of Edelgard raising Aymr with the intent to behead Dimitri, the Adrestian Empire twin eagle logo is missing from the back of her cape.
    • Several animated cutscenes of the Verdant Wind route give off the impression that Claude is seemingly not wearing anything beneath his gambeson, despite concept art and his model showing otherwise.
    • At launch, multiple S-Rank illustrations featured characters Off-Model, being one of the most well known examples Hanneman lacking his goatee. This was rectified with the version 1.0.2 update.
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    • Prior to the 1.2.0 update, Lysithea would erroneously mention during Part 2 the Insurrection of the Seven had taken place 13 years in the past rather than 18.
  • B-Team Sequel: Most of the development was done directly by the Kou Shibusawa team at Koei Tecmo, with primary developer Intelligent Systems mainly taking on a supervisory role in this game’s development.
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  • Content Leak:
    • Mid-May 2019, a Reddit poster by the name of thanibomb leaked several details about the game, including the Time Skip and several character details.
    • The different DLC content has been leaked quite a bit before their releases as well, including it being revealed before her release that Anna would be a playable unit.
  • Creator Couple: Katelyn Gault (Ladislava's English VA) is married to Kyle McCarley, who voiced a guard at the Officer's Academy.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Patrick Seitz is the English voice director of the game, and voices Jeritza and Lambert personally.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • Christian La Monte stated that Ignatz's scream in response to Raphael suddenly appearing in their B-support was genuine, as the recording team intentionally played Raphael's line suddenly and loudly in the recording booth to frighten Christian into screaming.
    • Chris Hackney was kept out of the loop on who the Flame Emperor's true identity was until during his recording for the reveal. That way, his reaction was more genuine.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Many fans that first saw the trailer called Edelgard "Edgelord". Even her English VA for the E3 2018 trailer was guilty of this at first.
    • The Black Eagles faction are commonly called the Beagles (or occasionally "Bleagles") for short.
    • The game is occasionally called "Romance of the Three Houses" due to being co-developed by Koei Tecmo, famous for games based on China's Three Kingdoms, like Dynasty Warriors, and also applying the company's usage of Chromatic Arrangement and at least one color having the same placement in the region (Blue Lions and Wei located at north). And after the time skip, even Dimitri himself sports an eyepatch in a similar manner to Xiahou Dun. This was even noted by the directors themselves in an interview with VG247.
      Genki Yokota: We can’t say it was very conscious, but you know, we always talk with Koei Tecmo people – and some of them have been working with Three Kingdoms for a very, very long time.In our discussions, maybe it was an unconscious decision. We didn’t say ‘let’s make a homage to Three Kingdoms’ – it didn’t happen like that.
      Toshiyuki Kusakihara: Perhaps it was for us a good starting point – to say 'okay, let’s do our version of three kingdoms with three people, three countries'.
    • In a similar vein, "Fire Emblem GX" due to the academia setting and heavy dose of Cerebus Syndrome from the timeskip drawing comparisons to Seasons 3 and 4 of GX.
    • After the E3 2019 trailer showed Dimitri after a five-year timeskip sporting an eyepatch, presumably after some sort of traumatic event, the "Punished Dimitri" jokes practically wrote themselves.
      • Some have taken to calling post-timeskip Dimitri "Dmitri".
      • A third nickname for post-timeskip Dimitri has also been "feral Dimitri" because his attitude, fur cape, and more grizzled look makes him seem more of a Barbarian Hero than his previous Knight in Shining Armor.
      • A fourth is "PTSD", a coincidental acronym for "Post Time-Skip Dimitri".
      • His fangirls also love to call him "Dima" (especially in fanfiction), or more rarely, Mitya, due to those being Russian diminutive forms of "Dimitri," in spite of the fact that he is never addressed as such in the game. The closest this gets in canon is Hapi calling him "Dimi" in the "Cindered Shadows" DLC (in Japanese; she calls him "Didi" in the English dub).
    • Being a green-haired woman cladded in white who is revered by a Church, Seiros quickly gained the nickname Palutena. This quickly got applied to Rhea as well, being another wise green-haired woman and the archbishop of said Church who the protagonist works under. This being applied to both works even better after The Reveal that they're the same person and are really divine.
      • Following this, Cyril has been nicknamed Pit, due to being a young and devoted servant to Rhea in a similar fashion as Pit is to Palutena. Coincidentially, both are also associated with bows and can't read, cementing the nickname further.
    • Felix is commonly called 'Vergil' due to being an aloof and stoic swordsman with a similar attitude and hairstyle to the elder son of Sparda.
    • After the game's release, some fans call Byleth "Blyat", both as a Mondegreen to their name and as an Inherently Funny Word.
      • Fans also differentiate between the male and female forms of Byleth by calling them "Bylad" and "Bylass" respectively. Some also use the Japanese romanizations ("Bereto" for male Byleth and "Beresu" for female Byleth).
      • Another nickname for the player character often popping up on image boards seems to be “Frog” due to their appearance, especially after they acquire green hair. There’s also “Manleth” for the male player character and “Femleth” for the female.
    • “Nightcrawlers” was a common Fan Translation for the "those who slither in the dark" group before the official localization's more literal rendering was revealed. Since then, they have been often called "Slytherins" or "Slitherins" for short in reference to the Hogwarts house of the same name. Together with the game's titular Three Houses, they form a perceived counterpart quartet of sorts.
    • The game is occasionally referred to as some variation of "Otome Emblem", owing to its combination of Elaborate University High, medieval political intrigue, and intimate relationship bonding through tea, all elements well-known in fantasy Shoujo series and Otome games. The use of otome powerhouse Uta No Prince Sama's artist Chinatsu Kurahana also adds to it.
    • The hilarious nickname of "Dubstep Mole People" to stand in for those who slither in the dark, referring to Shambhala being underground and having the heaviest dubstep musical theme. Other nicknames include TWS, Slytherin, Slitherers, Those Who Dubstep, and Dubsteppers.
    • Like how Black Knight is called "Burger King" due to his initials, Death Knight is called "Donkey Kong".
    • Dimitri, Ingrid, Sylvain, and Felix are often referred by fans as the “Childhood Friend Quartet” or the “Faerghus Four”.
    • The Silver Snow route is more commonly known as the Church of Seiros route (or simply Church route) in the fandom, which was acknowledged by the developers themselves.
  • God Never Said That:
    • In spite of the speculation surrounding the game's development, none of the interviews mention nor hint that the Crimson Flower route was a last-minute addition to the game. What's said about the Black Eagles route is that only Black Eagles was planned to have a route split, and that playtesters complaining about being railroaded into the Silver Snow route (the path where you oppose Edelgard) led to the developers lowering and telegraphing the requirements for accessing the Crimson Flower path, not to the actual creation of the route.
    • From the same interviews, you'll find many who claim the interview confirms Edelgard was designed as the game's Big Bad. The interview never says that; instead, it talks about the reasoning behind making said character (and by extension, their allegiance) have an antagonistic/driving role in the story in most routes while also playing with the player's expectations about what such a role usually entails.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Almost everybody predicted and expected that Jeralt dies at some point in the story, especially due to the number of other main lords' fathers dying in the series.
    • Fans also called the Church of Seiros being a major antagonist, though this was also spoiled beforehand by Nintendo UK (although Church of Seiros are only the major antagonist during the Black Eagles route, other routes usually have them siding with the player by default). On the same note, Sothis' status as the Goddess and a Divine Dragon was also predicted.
    • A lot of fans also speculated that the Flame Emperor is actually Edelgard and she'll always be the main antagonist in the Blue Lions and Golden Deer routes, and even the Black Eagles route if certain conditions are met.
    • Two major fan theories surrounding the Cindered Shadows DLC were proven correct upon release: that Aelfric was Evil All Along, and that Yuri was the commoner that Bernadetta befriended as a child.
    • It was a common theory that Claude was an assumed name to help him blend into Fódlan. A March 2020 interview not only confirmed this to be true, but also revealed his real name; Khalid.
    • It had been speculated by the fanbase that either the Blue Lions route or the Silver Snow route were the first routes created by the developers, due to the similarities the other routes share with them. As of the Nintendo Dream 2020 interview, it was confirmed that the Silver Snow route was created first and that the development of the three lords and other characters went from there.
  • Inspiration for the Work: A certain plot point in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War served as the basis of Three Houses, namely how Sigurd, Quan, and Eldigan once went to the same military academy. The setting of Three Houses also seems directly inspired from the story and world of Jugdral.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: With the release of version 1.0.2 in September 2019, Chris Niosi's original voiceovers for Byleth have been patched out with Zach Aguilar's re-recordings, meaning the only places you can find Niosi's voiceovers are versions 1.0.0 to 1.0.1 as well as some YouTube channels.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The game will come in a Seasons of Warfare Edition for North America, complete with Steelbook case, a sample soundtrack CD, an artbook, and a year 2020 calendar. The Limited Edition in Europe swaps out the CD for a USB stick and the calendar with a pin badge set. The limited edition in Japan only has the CD, steelbook case, and artbook.
  • Meme Acknowledgment:
  • Missing Trailer Scene: Footage of what appears to be a slightly different version of the cutscene used for the Gronder 2 Rematch was briefly shown in a promotional video in early February 2021. Most notably, it shows Edelgard and Claude in their ultimate lord classes —Emperor and Barbarossa respectively— during the fight rather than in the Armored Lord and Wyvern Master classes correspondingly like in the final release.
  • Name's the Same:
    • This game isn't the first time Fire Emblem had someone named Hilda. Thankfully, Fódlan's Hilda is Spoiled Sweet who is eventually loved by the fanbase, quite unlike Jugdral's utterly evil Hilda who is rightfully hated.
    • Tomas has the same name as an archer from Archanea as well, whose only notable trait is his complete lack of characterization and his vague similarity to Alm. Lorenz also shares his name with a Grustian general from the same game.
    • One would also assume that the Blue Lions have nothing to do with the 70th Blue Lions elite heavy attack squadron.
    • Two of the neighboring countries to Fódlan's west coast share their names with recruitable bandits from the Jugrdral games; Dagda from Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 and Brigid from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. Brigid even has a affiliation with bows, which was Brigid's holy blood weapon/weapon of choice as a sniper.
    • Monica was also the name of Orson's late wife in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. Coincidentally, both characters turned out to be Dead All Along in their respective games.
  • The Other Marty:
    • Cristina Valenzuela voiced Edelgard in the E3 2018 reveal trailer and was under the impression she would be playing her in game, but was replaced by Tara Platt sometime between then and the February 2019 direct after it was decided to take the character in a different direction voice-wise.
    • A first for the Fire Emblem franchise in that Nintendo replaced an actor post-release. Originally, Chris Niosi was cast in the role of Male Byleth for this game as well as Heroes. However, only six days before the game's July 23rd release date, Niosi admitted to violating his non-disclosure agreement on Discord. Nintendo decided to clean house and replace Niosi with Zach Aguilar for Version 1.0.2 onwards.
  • Tarot Motifs: The crests are linked to the major arcana, although the official links have never been released. However, some fans have worked out the most probable motifs (by using the circle of crests and comparing it to the order of tarot cards), which adds some nice references to the game and characters. Marianne is the Devil, which works with her unfortunate secret, Hilda is the wheel-of-fortune as a lazy, hit-or-miss young woman who tries to get people to do things for her, Sylvain, who has lost the ability to trust, expects (hopes?) not to survive the war and wears red-and-black class clothing, is Death, and Ferdinand is Justice/Strength, as a very just young man who hates the mistreatment of innocents.
    • Annette and Felix are the Empress and Emperor respectively. Annette is the only person Felix is unexpectedly soft towards, and we can see from scrapped content in Azure Moon that the two at one point ran away from the rest of the party due to differences in belief.
    • Some of the crests look like the motifs they are representing. The crest of Fraldarius looks like a shield, the crest of Maurice looks like a horned beast's head, the crest of Riegan is a moon, the crest of Goneril looks like a wheel with slots, and the crest of Gautier is spiky and jagged, with protrusions coming off it which looks like scythe heads.
  • The Pete Best: Quite a few people tend to acknowledge Zach Aguilar as the voice of Male Byleth, especially in the wake of his original voice actor Chris Niosi violating his non-disclosure agreement only one month before the game's release.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Promoted Fanboy: Claude's voice actor Joe Zieja played Skull Kid in a Nintendo fan film called A Terrible Fate back in 2016, and has been producing Nintendo-related tracks on OverClocked ReMix since 2012. Now he's a voice actor in an official Nintendo first-party game.
  • Queer Character, Queer Actor:
    • Coincidentally, Dorothea's English voice actor, Allegra Clark, is bisexual like her.
    • Linhardt is bisexual and in the English version, is played by the homosexual Chris Patton.
  • Reclusive Artist: The English singer for "The Edge of Dawn" is known only as "Buttercup". Nothing else is known about her, and Greg Chun, who localized the song, has stated that she would like to keep her privacy.
  • Recycled Set:
    • The temporary base the Black Eagles occupy at the end of Part 1 is a reskinned version of Miklan's boss arena from Chapter 5.
    • The paralogues "Foreign Land and Sky" and "Forgotten Hero" share the same map in spite of both paralogues being meant to happen in different geographic locationsnote , with the only actual difference between both locations being the presence of Fog of War in the latter.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: After Male Byleth's original voice actor Chris Niosi broke his NDA by confirming his involvement before Nintendo gave him permission only mere days before the game's release, Zach Aguilar was brought in to replace Niosi as the voice of the character from Version 1.0.2 onwards. By the time Byleth was finally announced as a DLC character for Ultimate in January 2020, however, the damage was already done and Aguilar reprised his role for that game.
  • Spoiled by the Cast List: The credits doesn't hide any alias like Rhea and Seiros/Edelgard and the Flame Emperor sharing the same voice actress or Arundel and Thales sharing the same voice actor.
  • Star-Making Role:
    • Joe Zieja being the voice of Claude scored him mainstream spotlight after several minor roles over the years (his biggest role prior to Three Houses was being the voice of Achilles in Fate/Apocrypha, though Ace Combat fans would recognize him as Full Band from Skies Unknown.) and primarily being an author. It helped that his frequent interaction with fans on Twitter and uploading videos on YouTube which has made Claude (and the Golden Deer as a whole) into a Fountain of Memes within the fandom.
    • The same applies to Chris Hackney. He'd played several supporting characters before such as Boey in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, but Dimitri was the first time he played a main character. Both that and his phenomenal voice acting saw him massively rising in acclaim; he even mentions in an interview that his Twitter blew up with followers in the pre-release and post-release period.
  • Throw It In!: In a Reddit AMA, Joe Zieja revealed that the chuckle Claude had during his and Lysithea's B support was him Corpsing due to finding the line funny. The directors liked it and threw it into the game.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Due to some lines and dummied out content surrounding the Azure Moon route, it is commonly believed that Dimitri's route was meant to have a route split happen early in Part II. This is in spite an interview confirming that not only was each route conceptualized fairly early in development, only the Empire's route was planned to have a route split. Likewise and from a datamining angle, nothing in the game's final code suggest diverging paths had existed at one point for the Blue Lions.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, the game was going to use a mechanic called "Formations", where the unit would use a squad of NPC like soldiers that would adjust their formation to do various effects that the player could use in battle, such as attacking from a distance, charge over the enemy, or use other effects. The feature was shown in the initial trailer, but during E3 2019, it was revealed that this feature was scrapped and changed to the Battalion/Gambit system instead, which focuses on individual moves and roles instead of formations.
    • The reveal trailer shows a few elements that were changed before the game's release.
      • Mercedes was intended to have brown hair, and not the blonde hair she has in the final version.
      • Ashe was going to be part of the Golden Deer before being switched to the Blue Lions at some point. Given Ashe's backstory and commoner status, this implies that early on Lonato would have been from the Leicester Alliance, before the choice was made to make him from Faerghus.
      • Edelgard was originally supposed to start with Magic of some kind, based on her having the ability to use Magic on the menu in the trailer, but instead Edelgard's Magic skills start too low to cast any spells in Chapter 1.
      • Crit animations originally were framed as a large amount of the character model looking towards the center of the screen as it zooms in towards the user's face.
    • A Nintendo Dream interview revealed multiple tidbits:
      • Garreg Mach Monastery having an underground labyrinth of sorts (known as Abyss in-game) was planned very early into development but ended up getting cut in the initial release due to the enormous amount of content already present in the game. Its reintroduction through the DLC waves came because, while developing Cindered Shadows, the developers desired to bring back the ideas they had initially omitted.
      • Unlocking the option to access the Crimson Flower route was originally meant to be a lot more complicated. One of the developers stated the method in the final game is "about 3 times as easy to follow" as their original concept, since the game would never telegraph at any point that an exploration event could trigger a route split.
      • Claude's role in the story was meant to be much different than it was in the final product, hinting that Claude was meant to be more villainous, but still carried the same goals of unification and finding somewhere to belong for himself that he had in the final product.
      • In a related note, the Golden Deer House was initially conceived to be far more dysfunctional than it ended up being, as they were planned to act as a microcosm for the Leicester Alliance.
      • There was originally meant to be a scene where Nader reveals that Claude's real name is Khalid, but it ended up not fitting anywhere in the story.
      • Rhea was meant to be shown as being really fond of animals and originally had a bathroom full of animal items. This ended up scrapped, but might have influenced the large number of cats and dogs that appear in Garreg Mach.
      • The reason why Edelgard is the only other character in the game other than Byleth with the Crest of Flames is because originally she was supposed to be able to interfere with Byleth's Divine Pulse ability.
      • Dimitri wasn't initially going to have an eyepatch after the timeskip, and the decision to give him one was taken later in development. Similarly, it was decided that he wouldn't get one during Edelgard's route as a means to communicate that he went through different experiences compared to non-Crimson Flower routes.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Fódlan Art Book reveals Almyra has a unique banner of its own which was never used in the game proper. On a similar note, the banner of Miklan's thieves exists in the game's data among the other banners, but ended up never used during gameplay.
    • Datamining the game has also revealed multiple aspects, scenarios and features that never made it into the final game:
      • The fact Jeralt, Rhea, Seiros, and Sothis have multiple unused lines as playable characters heavily suggests they would have been playable in some manner early into development. Sothis especially stands out since she is not playable in any form and only appears in battle when Byleth uses the Sothis Shield ability.
      • Characters were originally going to able to die pre-timeskip, as evidenced by every character having been coded to call different death quotes specific to their Academy and War Phase.
      • Both Byleths were supposed to access the Dancer class at one point, but in the final game, the Dancer class is only available to students. This appears to be because Byleth has a high Charm stat and growth, meaning Byleth would win easily by the time of the event, and so to make things more fair, was prevented from entering, alongside being a professor and not a student like the requirement states. The 4th DLC wave gives them the option to dress as a dancer, though not take the class.
      • There are hints Hilda was briefly considered to be recruitable during the Crimson Flower route. For starters and, unlike Seteth, Flayn, Catherine and Cyril, who are also unavailable during said route, she has a written epilogue between her and Byleth exclusive for the route. Also, her A-Support with Byleth is also coded to be unlocked as soon as Chapter 14 in CF rather than Chapter 16 like in other routes, likely to account for the path's short length.
      • There's some data hinting that, besides Edelgard and Hubert, the rest of the Black Eagles would've also become enemies in the Silver Snow route under specific circumstances at one point in development. In the route's version of Chapter 13, if any of the Black Eagle students fell in Part I while playing in Classic Mode, Edelgard will make mention some of her former classmates defected to her side after the timeskip, which never comes to pass in actual gameplay as the game considers the units dead rather than unrecruited. On that same vein, the path's version of the event "The Death Knight" has triggers to make Caspar and Linhardt appear in the cutscene alongside the titular Death Knight if the game considers them unrecruited, which is a quirk both characters also have in the Azure Moon and Verdant Wind versions of this event.
      • Silver Snow's Endgame was at some point more difficult than it ended up being in the final release. Unused text indicates that, along with the southern stronghold, the east and west ones were also able to spawn monster reinforcements at one point, with each tile needing to be blocked off separately to stop them.
      • Apparently there was going to be a scenario in which Annette and Felix might defect during the Azure Moon campaign and side with Cornelia's army, forcing you to kill them. Annette because of something to do with her mother and uncle, and Felix being disgusted with Dimitri for the death of Rodrigue, Felix's father, and that Dimitri was technically responsible for it. A similar situation was planned for Lorenz in the Verdant Wind route, as he has unique dialogue against Claude in the Bridge of Myrdinn about being unable to not fight him there as it would be somehow coward from his part, and the route's monastery dialogue for the next chapter has lines for Raphael, Hilda and Marianne referencing the fight. See here how both scenes would've played out in the English version.
      • Both Lorenz and Ferdinand have lines for when they share a meal together after reaching an A-Support, even though in the final game their support chain goes up to B, suggesting there was a point in development where they could've potentially reached a paired ending together.
      • Circumstancial evidence suggests there were plans to give Church route its own version of the Three Houses rematch in Gronder Field at one point in development. To start, one of the two unused maps in the game is set to load this location and is internally called as a Chapter 17 of some undefined route. Second, the chapter's spawn data has set deployment locations for playable and enemy units only in the Black Eagle slotnote . Third, there's a small Difficulty Spike between Chapter 16 and 17 on this route which doesn't exist in Azure Moon and Verdant Wind due to the presence of Gronder 2 Battle smoothing the level scaling. Lastly, in the monastery exploration script there is one empty slot between the Silver Snow and Azure Moon routes, which would've allowed the addition of one more chapter into the Church route without having to repoint the data used for Azure Moon and Verdant Wind, which are the next paths on the line.
      • The Dummied Out Crest of the Forge and Agarthan Crest were meant to enhance the effects of specific weapons through unknown means. Just as its name suggest, the Crest of the Forge is tagged to have compatibility with every forged weapon in the game; meanwhile, the Agarthan Crest is set to enhance the Scythe of Sariel, Athame and Ridill.
      • Datamining the Cindered Shadows DLC reveals that all of the game's playable cast have builds setup as if they were usable in the DLC, including weapons and skills. This implies the original idea was that you could take any unit you wanted with you, but likely because of the cost of having to record that much dialogue and work it into the game's story, the choice was made to stick to Linhardt, Ashe, and Hilda instead.
      • Multiple leftover text reveals the monastery had a few features that were cut:
      • There was originally going to be an additional feature called the Focus System. Each month, the player would chose one of the game's many skills to focus on, and at the end of the month, all of your students would gain experience in this skill. Why it was not implemented is unknown, but it may have interfered with the teaching and goals.
      • A horse raising feature was initially planned to be in the game. Not much leftover text exists of it, though the description of a few unused food items suggests the player would've been able at least to feed the horses with those.
      • There were supposed to be eight group tasks in total. Three of the four were given details while the last one was not; "Fishing Pond", "Greenhouse Upkeep", "Food Procurement". No details exist for what these would have buffed, but it's believed that fishing would have involved Reason due to its focus on cleaning the filters, and food procurement would have archery due to it stating you were hunting. Unused item descriptions also hint there were more types of meat meant for cooking the last group task would've provided that were ultimately dummied out.
      • There was going to be plans for a birthday party mechanic. It's unclear if it was for the player only or for other students.
      • A game mechanic that made it into the final product is certain characters having 'special bonds' that grant them extra might in addition to the regular support bonuses, including Ferdinand and Lorenz and Sylvain/Felix/Ingrid. However, data shows that there were plans for special bonds between Hilda and Dorothea, and between Marianne and Bernadetta. This suggests that at some point, there were meant to be support conversations between these duos, but were scrapped for unknown reasons (the fact that Marianne and Bernadetta definitely had potential regarding their self-worth issues while Hilda and Dorothea could logically have a bond over being flirty and gossipy only further enhances the mystery).
  • Word of God: The Nintendo Dream interview revealed that Claude is a fake name, and his real name is Khalid. While they originally wanted to reveal this in-game, they never really found a good time to do so.
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