Altea (アリティア Aritia, Aritia in the Japanese version) is an island kingdom on the continent of Archanea in the games Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, and Shadow Dragon and is the country which the games' hero, Marth, hails from.
Altea was founded from a small island town of Archanea by Anri, a hero who killed Medeus, the Shadow Dragon. Its royal capital is named after him. After Anri's died and his younger brother, Marcelus, became king, the Kingdom of Gra was formed over an issue of inheritance within the royal family, though the two nations would initially retain a close relationship.
Due to its formation, Altea existed as a vassal state for Archanea and held great loyalty to the Archanean royal family. While the nation was fairly small, under Cornelius, and later Marth, its knights were known for being of the some of the most skilled on the Continent.
Roles in Fire Emblem GamesEditIn Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon, Altea is invaded by Dolhr, Medeus's kingdom, after Medeus is resurrected. King Cornelius, with the support of Gra, tries to fight them off. Later however, Marth finds out that Gra betrayed them killing King Cornelius, stealing Falchion, and with a severely wounded Cain the only survivor of the battle. During this time, Altea's princess, Elice, is captured and Marth exiled. Through the events of the game, Marth and his allies are able to recapture Altea and eventually slay Medeus, freeing the continent of Archanea.
It appears again in Mystery of the Emblem, this time it eventually comes against the kingdom of Archanea, where it is again invaded and Marth has to again free it from Medeus, who is revealed to be still alive. After the events of the game, Marth reunites Altea with Gra, and rules as king. Shortly afterwards, Marth would merge Altea with the other nations of the contient, creating the united Kingdom of Archanea.
- See: Altean Royal Lineage
The oldest ancestors known to the royal family are Anri, the founder of Altea, and Marcelus, his younger brother. Their most notable descendant is Marth. His descendants eventually became the royal family of Ylisse.
- Anri - Founder and first King of Altea, slayer of Medeus.
- Marcelus - Anri's younger brother and second King of Altea.
- Marius - A former King of Altea and father of Cornelius. Grandfather of Marth and Elice.
- Cornelius - King of Altea, as well as Marth and Elice's father. He was killed by Gra's ambush.
- Liza - Queen of Altea, as well as Marth and Elice's mother. She was killed by Morzas.
- Marth - Altean Prince and hero of both the War of Shadows and the War of Heroes. Eventually rules over the entire continent.
- Elice - Altean Princess and wielder of the Aum Staff.
- Merric - An Altean noble who studied magic in Khadein under Wendell.
- Malledus - An Altean advisor.
- Cain - An Altean Cavalier, known as the Great Bull.
- Abel - An Altean Cavalier, known as the Black Panther. Later falls in love with Est.
- Frey - An Altean Cavalier who was among Marth's personal escorts out of Altea and canonically sacrificed his life so that Marth could escape.
- Jagen - A Paladin and Cain, Abel, and Frey's superior. Later takes Malledus's position as Marth's advisor.
- Gordin and Ryan - Altean Archers and brothers.
- Draug - A Knight and good friend of Gordin.
- Norne - An Altean Archer and volunteer soldier.
- Samson - An gladiator who temporarily resided in a village in Altea and lover of the Gra princess Sheema despite the earlier Altea-Gra conflict.
- Arran - A Paladin who succeeds Jagen in training new recruits despite his illness.
- The Avatar - An Altean Knight who is Marth's confidant and friend.
- Maclir - An old Altean knight who was a friend of Jagen's, and grandfather to the Avatar.
- Katarina - A new recruit of the Altean Knights, aspiring to be a Tactician.
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