Ch.20: Darkling Woods
北米版ファイアーエムブレム聖魔の光石「the Sacred Stones」の章会話（エフラム編20章：闇の樹海）。
According to legend, the Sacred Stones
have sealed evil away from the world.▼
Four of the fives stones have been destroyed,
leaving only the last stone intact.▼
The last stone must be protected to stave
off the Demon King's restoration.▼
Ephraim and company challenge the demons of
According to legend,▼
the original possessors of the Sacred Stones
defeated the Demon King in Darkling Woods.▼
His foul blood seeped into the land,
corrupting every seed and every root.▼
The once-pristine forest was transformed by
the flood of disease and venom.▼
Legend says the Demon King's corpse lies
there still, not dead but dreaming.▼
Dreaming of when the last stone is crushed,▼
and he will rise from his bad of rocks and
worms and return to the surface.▼
Deep within Darkling Woods, misshaped beasts
roam in ever-growing numbers...▼
as if answering come unheard call.▼
The time grows near.▼
- What are you doing here, human?▼
You should return to your own kind.
This is no place for you to tread.▼
This is darkness's domain...
This is desecrated land.▼
- That's why I've come.▼
I have the power of the Demon
King. I will save us all.▼
Evil grips your heart...
No--you've given your heart to evil.▼
- What a tragedy...▼
Human flesh cannot contain the
demon. It cannot control him.▼
You think yourself safe, but
already, your control slips.▼
I see the madness eating at you.
I see the beginning of the end.▼
- You're wrong. This...▼
I do this of my own will...▼
I will save Grado's people.▼
- I had a vision...
I saw my life traveling two roads.▼
Down one, the Demon King conquers
both my body and soul.▼
Down the other, I master the Demon
King, and with that power...urg...▼
With that power, I avert disaster.
I gave the people a better future.▼
I resist the Demon King's attempts to
wrest away my will...▼
I saw this, and I made my decision.
I walk the second road.▼
- You fool...▼
The Demon King has blinded you to his
true wish. How can you not see it?▼
He's had you since the moment you
first held the Dark Stone.▼
He has been hiding within you, luring you
deeper into the shadows of his heart.▼
He commands you and remakes you to suit
his dark design.▼
- ...You're wrong...▼
- You think yourself unchanged?
You think yourself the master?▼
I see only more evidence that the
Demon King commands you now.▼
Can you not sense--▼
- It's not true! I...▼
I will save everyone.▼
- Think back! Remember!▼
Are you truly the man you used to be?▼
Would you justify war and murder
to bring about peace and justice?▼
Remeber who you were, and tell me
if you are still yourself!▼
All of this matters not. I know
the Demon King has claimed me.▼
It is not important...▼
Not if I can save the world.
My own soul is irrelevant.▼
- ...It is as I feared. You will
not give up this madness.▼
I am Morva, the dragonkin who guards
the entrance to these woods.▼
I do not have the ability to save you.▼
All I can do is destroy the demon that
coils around your heart.▼
To prevent the further
damnation of your soul...▼
I can only grant you eternal sleep.▼
- I cannot sleep.
I have not yet--▼
There is no taboo I will not break,
no sacrifice. I will not make...▼
- ...You are beyond reason.▼
Therefore I, too, must
do what I was born to do.▼
As it was in that ancient battle...
You will die here, Demon King.▼
- This awful darkness...▼
- I know...
I can feel it too.▼
- This is Darkling Woods...▼
It was here the heroes met the Demon King
and with the Sacred Stones defeated him.▼
I've heard the lingering energies of that
battle are the source of the monsters.▼
But I never imagined it would be as bad
- It's worse then before...
It's grown so much stronger.▼
Simply standing here is
But we don't need to worry.▼
My father is here. He'll
take care of everything.▼
- Your father?▼
- Over there.▼
On the other side of that swamp is
the Black Temple of the Demon King.▼
My father stands guard near it.▼
This is where my father and I have
lived for as long as I can remember.▼
- I see. So this forest
is like a home to you.▼
My foster father leads the
In the last great war...both
of my true parents were killed.▼
Morva took me in and raised me
as though I were his own child.▼
- So that's how you
came to live here...▼
- My father holds back the monsters
that are born in Darkling Woods.▼
He's so strong, and so very gentle.▼
One day, I hope to be like him...▼
- Myrrh, what is it?▼
- Prince Ephraim, Princess Eirika,
we're under attack.▼
A horde of those foul beasts
is headed straight for us.▼
- Myrrh, are you well? If you're
ill, we should get you to--▼
- No, no... It's nothing.▼
I'll fight with you.▼
I'll fight, and we'll drive
back the dark children.▼
- Evil Lyon:
- Ha ha ha ha...▼
I'm leaving this to you.▼
- Heh heh heh...
As you wish.▼
Please proceed with the rites
of resurrection, sire.▼
- Heh heh heh...▼
It happens soon!▼
The Demon King will be restored
to all his former glory!▼
And I, his faithful servant, will
bask in his radiant power...▼
Then, oh, then I will have my
revenge on those who scorned me!▼
The Demon King has created for me
a fine weapon--a draco zombie!▼
This hierce beast and I will guard
the Black Temple's entrance.▼
As long as we stand watch, no one
will interrupt his rituals.▼
We will drown all who dare approach
in this virulent mud!▼
Heh heh heh...
heh heh heh heh heh!▼
- heh heh heh.
The young lady of Rausten...▼
The more cruel and
gruesome your death,▼
the more that cur Mansel
would weep, am I right?
And that would make me
so very, very happy.▼
- Do you think your words
will frighten me?▼
I am the princess L'Arachel!
Slaying demons is my forte!▼
You who have sold your soul
to the soulless...▼
I grant you release from
your wretched existence.▼
Your eyes annoy me...▼
Why do you not despair?
Why do you not surrender?▼
- Heh heh heh...▼
Even if you defeat me, you're
too late to stop it.▼
The one true demon...
- So this is the Black Temple...
The Demon King is here.▼
- We have to stop him before he
can begin the ritual.▼
Let's waste no time, Brother.▼
- Ephraim (Offscreen):
Where are you?▼
- Here you are.
Myrrh, we were worried...▼
The poison in these woods is
thick. It burns my eyes.▼
- What a minute...
Could he have been--▼
- O-of course not...
There's nothing wrong...▼
After everything you all
have suffered, this is--▼
I can't... This is nothing...▼
- I'm so sorry.▼
You kept silent this whole time
so as not to trouble us.▼
E-everything's fine, Ephraim...▼
I'm fine. See?
I'm ready to...to...▼
Let yourself cry.▼
These are dark times. There's
no reason to hide your sorrow.▼
Hold on, please!
This is...the end for me.▼
From now on...you...▼
- Don't say that, Father.▼
- You must concern yourself...
The people...our people
must be saved...▼
Lyon...tell me again.
What will happen to Grado?▼
- I have seen it many times now, as
have the court mages.▼
It's the same every time, Father.
It's always the same.▼
Sometime in the coming years, the
southern continent will collapse.▼
Countless people will die instantly.
Those who don't will likely starve.▼
- None but the mages and I know of
the vision, as you ordered.▼
But...if we don't do something,
all of those people will die.▼
Please tell me, Father.
What should I do?▼
When I die...
You will become emperor...▼
must protect his country.▼
There is nothing more...
that I can do.▼
I's you... You must
protect our people.▼
- B-but, Father...
I don't have the power.▼
If I ask Eirika and Ephraim for
help, I'm sure they would--▼
- You would ask Renais to rescue us
from...a natural disaster?▼
They would not help us...▼
Grado's borders would overflow with
starving refugees by the thousands.▼
Renais would close her borders to
us. It's only natural...▼
Renais has a duty to protect herself.▼
- No, that would never--▼
You are the one...
who must...save our people.▼
You must take my place...▼
The citizens of Grado...
are counting on...you...▼
I cannot do anything without
- His Highness...▼
- I am...weak.▼
Because I am weak...people will die.▼
- Prince Lyon...▼
Open the seal on the
Sacred Stone of Grado.▼
- The Sacred Stone?
- You've seen the scrolls. You know there
is a way to stop the coming disaster.▼
If those scrolls are correct, the rites
they describe can save all of Grado.▼
But it will require a staggering amount
of dark energy--and a sacrifice as well.▼
The human body cannot contain the powers
these rites demand...▼
Of the five Sacred Stones, Grado's
alone possesses a greater power...▼
It is the very prison housing the soul
of the ancient Demon King.▼
If we could harness its power, well...▼
If we can do that, we can avert
disaster and save countless lives...▼
- But you forget...▼
- I forget nothing!
I know I am too weak.▼
Because of me, all of Grado
will be destroyed.▼
I need the Sacred Stone.▼
I must become stronger.
I will become stronger.▼
- Everything is in readiness.▼
The Stones have been destroyed.
The Demon King's power swells.▼
The Black Temple possesses all
the demonic power I will need.▼
The rites can begin.▼
All that remains is for me to
sacrifice my life...▼
The disaster will be averted.▼
My people will be saved...▼