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, his primal instincts as a dragon would slowly overtake him with time. 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, Ananakos' 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. However, 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.
The backstory of Anankos' soul is shown through the two Hidden Truths Xenologues. Anankos transported himself to another world and arrived in Ylisse some time after the fall of Grima. He called out for anyone to help him, and the message was received by Owain, Inigo, and Severa. Bringing them to the Mila Tree, he asked for their help by coming to their world and the three agreed to. After defeating the Vallite forces sent by his dragon form, Anankos thanks the three for helping and offers to fulfill any request they desire. Initially, the three hoped that Anankos could resurrect their fallen parents and friends from their original timeline, however, Anankos could not fulfill that request. Instead they asked that the original world be beautiful once more and that their parents and friends would have proper graves, which Anankos does for them. Before they leave for Valla, Anankos finds a Fell Brand, presuming that it came from the tactician of that world.
After bringing them to Valla, he is given time to explain to them of his story. He makes a request for them to head to Hoshido first to see Mikoto and help his child fulfill their destiny to assemble the five divine weapons to take down his dragon self. Before he can tell them of his child's name, Lilith appears under orders of Anankos' dragon self to stop him. Shocked by the news, she informs him that his child had been taken to Nohr. Owain, Inigo, and Severa attempt to attack Lilith, but are unable to do so. Anankos had a vision prior to their arrival showing that the three would be defeated if they met a girl in Valla. Anankos offers to send them back home, but the three refuse and chooses to stay and fight. After they encourage him to believe in them, Anankos gives them the power to defeat Lilith and bestows onto them their new names Odin, Laslow, and Selena.
After the battle, Lilith continues to summon more soldier to fight, but Anankos warps them straight to Nohr and tells them to become retainers for the Nohrian royal family in hopes of finding his child. Left alone to deal with Lilith, the young girl tries to kill Anankos' human avatar but finds herself unable to do so. Anankos tells Lilith that he really does love her despite just meeting her, but Lilith remains conflicted because his dragon form never expressed that same sentiment with her despite her efforts to please him. When she finally decides to abandon her attempt to murder his human avatar, the dragon Anankos senses his daughter's wavering and attempts to kill her. Sensing this, Anankos sacrifices himself, taking the hit in her place. As he slowly dies, he asks Lilith to smile for him as he speaks his final words, apologizing to Lilith, Mikoto, and his child. Back in the Vallite Castle, Anankos swears to start a war between Hoshido and Nohr and end the human race. However, a fragment of his human avatar speaks through him, expressing his belief that Selena, Odin, and Laslow will one day bring the Avatar to him and defeat him.
Fire Emblem FatesEdit
By the events of Fates, Anankos has become completely insane, acting as the tyrant king of Valla and killing nearly everyone across the land. Those that survive he enslaves. In his mad lust to destroy humanity for abandoning him to his pain, he gains control of Nohr through King Garon, whom he possessed and gave a portion of his power. He also resurrects Sumeragi and has him act as his agent as the Hooded Man that assassinates Mikoto with Ganglari, thus instigating the war between Hoshido and Nohr.
At the end of the Conquest route, he possesses Takumi's body in a final attempt to kill the Avatar's party, however this also fails and Anankos is forcefully driven out of Takumi, who truly dies shortly afterwards.
In the Revelation route, his role is far larger, and it is finally revealed who and what he actually is. According to Azura, Anankos killed and usurped the previous king of Valla and slaughtered all of the residents there, except for her, the previous queen of Valla, Arete, and (unbeknownst to her) Mikoto and her child, the Avatar. His ultimate goal is the complete annihilation of the world because of his hatred of humans. It is revealed in the third route that he also resurrected Sumeragi, Arete, and Mikoto to kill the Avatar and their army.
Throughout most of the Revelation route, Anankos possesses Gunter, akin to how he possesses Takumi in the Conquest route. While under possession, "Gunter" faithfully serves the Avatar as he normally would, but he would attempt to kill them whenever they were alone. One of these murder attempts resulted in Scarlet being killed instead to save the Avatar. Towards the end of the game, Anankos is exposed and finally fights the party in the throne room as Gunter. After being defeated, Anankos is exorcized from Gunter by Azura's singing and Gunter stabbing himself after the Avatar speaks with him. The mad spirit finally returns to his own body and demands to the army to know why he alone should suffer, and that humans deserve to share his torment.
While the party is initially overwhelmed by Anankos' power, the Avatar's Yato gains the power of the legendary weapons carried by the Nohrian and Hoshidan princes, transforming the sword into the Fire Emblem. With the Fire Emblem's devastating power, Anankos is forced to summon his servent Garon, who offers himself as a vessel for Anankos. Anankos, however, consumes Garon to reclaim the power that Anankos originally granted him. Now with his full power, Anankos unleashes his true power and destroys Caste Gyges, but after a long battle he is ultimately slain by the army. With the dragon's tyranny at an end, peace is restored to Nohr and Hoshido, while Valla is later reestablished under the Avatar's rule.
Heirs of FateEdit
Anankos makes an appearance as the main antagonist of the Heirs of Fate DLC.
This version of Anankos comes from a distorted version of the Revelation route. Rather being killed by the united Nohrian-Hoshidan army like he was in that route, Anankos instead destroyed the Omega Yato and slaughtered the entire army, with only Azura and her son Shigure surviving. Unsatisfied with only conquering one realm, Anankos set his sights on invading other worlds where either Nohr or Hoshido won the war.
Since Anankos is unable to attack Nohr and Hoshido directly, being much weaker outside Valla, he instead sends his soldiers to attack the Deeprealms the parents are keeping their children in, with the hopes of eliminating his greatest threats. Though his plan is largely successful, one child from each world managed to escape unharmed. In order to rid himself of the children without much effort, Anankos casts an illusion that makes the Nohrian and Hoshidan children see each other as Vallites, in the hopes that they will kill each other for him. Before this can happen, Shigure dispells the illusion and unites both sides against Anankos.
While Shigure initially assumes that Anankos is acting on his hatred of humanity, Anankos reveals that he attacked other realms so that he could find a suitable place to create a new Valla which would not be tainted by human dominance. When Shigure confronts Anankos, Anankos believes him to be Cadros and explains to him his intentions. Shigure attempts to sing the complete Lost in Thoughts All Alone to stop Anankos, but the dragon tries to convince him to stop as he would be put in eternal suffering like Azura and that he is "not ready" for it.
Shigure is unable to fully sing the song as the other children teleport back into the room. Upset with "Cadros", he leaves and prepares to fight them, summoning a group of Vallites to aid him in battle, including the fathers of the children (excluding the Avatar). However, he is eventually defeated. There are two endings:
- Ending A (Good Ending): Shigure sings Lost in Thoughts All Alone; however, because the other children gave their memories, Shigure is not subjected to eternal suffering for the rest of his life. Anankos thanks Shigure for saving him from his "nightmare" and prepares to leave, when Lilith arrives and accompanies him.
- Ending B (Bad Ending): Same as the good ending, except Lilith does not arrive to accompany Anankos, a huge chunk of dialog involving the children is cut out, and there are no end credits.
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