In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the Garreg Mach Monastery is home to strife, heartbreak, and hatred. It's also home to a lot of kitties and puppers. As you wander the grounds, you'll see dogs and cats living their best lives within and outside the stone walls. I'm not one to object to the presence of cute animals in a living space, but the question has come up: Why does Garreg Mach have so many dogs and cats living there? Three Houses' developers have an answer.
Fire Emblem lead director Toshiyuki Kusakihara and Three Houses director Genki Yokota talked about the animals in a recent interview with Nintendo Dream magazine (thanks to Japanese Nintendo and Blackkite for the translations). Apparently, Lady Rhea has a soft spot for wee furry things.
"Actually there was a setting at the beginning where Archbishop Rhea likes small animals," says Kusakihara. "There would've been a bathroom next to Rhea’s room and animal ornaments would be placed there, but the room was cut from the final build."
"We also felt it would be lonesome if there were only people, so we thought to place living creatures," adds Yokota. "At first there were only cats but we later added dogs, but ultimately the balance is at around 5:1... I'm sorry to fans of dogs. Maybe that's a world where there are more cats."
One of Three Houses' updates made the pets' breed names visible to players, and the names are a delightful word salad that gives us breeds called "Aeiger Hound" and "Blayddyd Rex." Koei Tecmo added fuel to the "Dogs versus Cats" war by suggesting a ranking of the animals that get the most attention in Garreg Mach.
WAIT WHAT IS THAT do they have names this is so cute and funny i love you aegir hound pic.twitter.com/3MqcWjatLu— wol store open (@sodapeche) November 8, 2019
"The breed names... were originally planned to be personal names like Mike or Chibi. However, we turned them into breed names because there are multiple existing cats with the same pattern," says Kusakihara. "The names sound like royal names because the idea came out from the development [staff]. We also received a proposal to show a 'ranking of dogs & cats played with' from Koei Tecmo Games."
I'm glad we have an answer to why Three Houses' prestigious school is swarming with pets, but until now, I just figured the noble students loved to hunt. (Despite their wacky breed names, the dogs in Three Houses resemble foxhounds.) As for the cats, well, cats just drift in from anywhere. I assumed Raphael left some tuna on the floor one day, and bam! Cats!
Fire Emblem: Three Houses recently received DLC titled "Cindered Shadows," and it's quite good.