Deep, Flawed, and Interesting Fire Emblem Characters: Blazing Sword

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

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Nergal

Nergal was a talented user of magic and a good friend to Athos. They met in Nabata and together discovered the village of Arcadia in the desert. In Arcadia, humans and dragons lived together peacefully. While there, he entered a relationship with a dragon, from which Ninian and Nils were born. After his wife was kidnapped, he hid Ninian and Nils in the Dragons’ Gate to protect them, and turned to dark magic so that he may use its strength to reopen the gate and free his children. His lust for dark power corrupted his mind and he forgot the reason why he even wanted power in the first place. Even after he brought Nils and Ninian back he kept on trying to gather more power. It utterly consumed him, his motives turning from good to evil while still being very selfish. He is nothing more than a good father gone bad, trying to save his children.

What makes Nergal so interesting is depending on what you do in the game and which path you take you may never find out that Nergal was such a pitiful character. You have to satisfy many requirements in order to see the real Nergal. In a conversation with Eliwood, Nergal states: “So you’re here, Eliwood. I thought losing Ninian might distract you. Have you forgotten her so quickly? How heartless.” Really, it’s Nergal that forgot about Ninian, and if he was still right in the head it would be him that was devastated by it.

 

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  • Cryxok

    Being a fan of Fire Emblem, I must say this brought me good memories…I love Linus and Lloyd as characters…for Sacred Stones, I’d like to see Lyon, Joshua and Cormag, those are the ones that I remember being very well developed

    • Lyon is a given. He’s the most well developed character in the game. We’ll take a look at the others.

  • solbalmung

    The first Fire Emblem I played was on the Game Boy Advance (First FE translated ever, I think its the 7th entry). I fell in Love with the game within the first minutes!! My most loved character are: Raven (red haired merceneray turning into a bad ass Hero later), Priscilla the troubadour (Raven sister, turning into a beautiful Valkyrie later) and Jaffar (a silent and murdrous assasin that shows rare affection toward Nino, a little girl mage).
    I wish Nintendo woul keep on making more FE and can’t wait for the one on 3DS to get localized!

    • My favorites are Guy, Karel and Lyn, I love the swordmasters.

  • This is what’s so great about Fire Emblem. The characters have so much depth and you have to play through multiple times to get to know them fully.

    • Natural Harmonia

      This was made five years ago. I wonder how you feel today about Fire Emblem…

  • Honorable mention: Karel. Goes from psycho killer in 7 to peaceful swordmonk in 6.