“Why am I left to suffer? Why am I the one left to die? Why do humans flourish while I am buried here...ignored...forgotten? TELL ME WHY!”
—Anankos in Chapter 27 (Revelation)
Anankos (ハイドラ, Hydra in the Japanese version) is the true main antagonist and final boss of Fire Emblem Fates. Once revered as one of the First Dragons, his degeneration resulted in the obliteration of both Valla and almost all of its people.
Anankos is one of the First Dragons, also known as the Silent Dragon and the Dragon of Wisdom. Anankos loved humanity and gave them longevity and knowledge. Anankos became particularly close to the kingdom of Valla and started to live among its inhabitants. He was also a particularly close friend of Cadros, the first king of Valla. To a select few he gave the essence of his blood, allowing them to utilize the power of Dragon Veins, a trait that was passed down through the Vallite royal bloodline.
However, as with the other First Dragons, he began to degenerate over time. Unlike the other First Dragons, Ananakos did not shed his mortal shell, opting to stay behind as a figurehead for the Vallite people. Through the power of a song and a fragment of his dragonstone, both of which were passed down through Vallite royalty, his urges could be quelled. However, after many generations of kings, Anankos' rage grew strong enough for him to burn down a forest. The people of Valla blamed him for it and tried to kill him.
Unable to comprehend that the very people he had helped had betrayed him, Anankos locked himself away in a mountain cave where his detest of humanity grew. The King of Valla and a few select people would make trips to his cave to express their belief in him. Unfortunately, he lost control of himself and killed the King of Valla of that time. Before he completely degenerated, he tore off a portion of his soul which took on a human appearance in a last bid to stop his rage. Anankos then began to form an invisible army consisting of many of his former Vallite subjects. He even began to resurrect the dead to strengthen his army. He also self-sired a daughter named Lilith to further his goals.
The human portion wandered with no memories of his past and soon met the Vallite queen's sister Mikoto. The two fell in love and eventually gave birth to a child. However, soon after the birth of his child, he recovered his memories and sent them away from the kingdom to spare them from the ruined kingdom. He made Mikoto promise to never tell their child of their father to spare them of burden of his past sins. With his newfound clarity, he had a vision of another world where many heroes felled a great dragon. He desired to seek help from the warriors of that world.
Hidden Truths Edit
Anankos is portrayed as a ruthless dragon, seeing himself as no less than a god. Fully controlled by his draconic instincts, he loathes humanity and will stop at nothing to exterminate the human race. Although he considers himself to be the King of Valla, the Vallite people are no more than pawns whom he can freely control to bring his goals to fruition. Even Garon and his "daughter" Lilith, both of whom were steadfastly loyal to him, were nothing more than disposable pawns when the time was needed. However, in the past, Anankos was a benevolent dragon who loved humanity. Unfortunately his draconic instincts eventually lead to his degeneration. Still, a fragment of him lived, keeping his original benevolent nature intact.
Eventually falling in love with Mikoto proved to be the biggest change in his life as he became steadfastly protective of his family to send them away from harm long before the threat of his dragon form became apparent. Even after finding out the true nature of Lilith, he readily accepted his "daughter" and ultimately gave his life up to protect her. In the end, Anankos' love for his family were laid bare in his final breaths as the last things on his mind were Lilith, Mikoto, and his child. He apologizes frequently, a trait that his child shares.
In Game Edit
Revelation Chapter 27 - Hear My CryEdit
Help Description: One of the First Dragons, who has long since lost his once-formidable mind
“I am the forgotten god. The betrayed King. The buried dragon.”
—Anankos's Pre-Battle Quote
—Defeat Voice Clip
“Curse you...vexing humans...Once again...you've...”
—Anankos's death quote in Chapter 27
Non-Canon Appearances Edit
Anankos is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
Anankos may come from the ancient Greek word ἀνάγκη (ananke), meaning "divine will", "need", "inflicting pain" or "fate". This could hint at both the title and the structure of the game, revolving around the Avatar's choice from which the three storylines begin. Even though it is less common, another meaning of the same word is "blood bond", which could refer to the relationship between the Avatar and Anankos. In Greek mythology, Hydra is a serpent-like water monster which possessed many heads and for each one cut off it grew two more. It was slain by Heracles during the second of the Twelve Labours.
- Anankos' human form resembles the Avatar from Awakening in terms of a hood and unseen face.
- In the final chapter of the Revelation route, Anankos has the highest HP out of any enemy in the series with 282 HP (61 HP for each arm, 80 HP for the head and 80 HP for the eye). In Lunatic mode, Anankos has 286 HP (63 HP for each arm, 80 HP for the head and 80 HP for the eye)
- Anankos' Dragon form shares his Japanese voice actor, the late Rokurō Naya, with Gunter, while his Human form share his Japanese voice actor, Nobunaga Shimazaki, with the male Avatar and Male Kana.
- Anankos' mask is heavily influenced by how Buddha is usually depicted while his unmasked form's head design resembles several Buddhist depictions of Nāga , which are occasionally depicted as having multiple heads much like Anankos' Japanese namesake.