“I have fought alongside you thus far. Once I came to know you, I knew I wanted to fight for you. Sire. I devote myself to you, for your sake, not mine. I am truly happy that you are my liege.”
—The Avatar in a base conversation with Marth
The Avatar (マイユニット Mai yunitto, My Unit in the Japanese version), default name Kris (クリス Kurisu) is the deuteragonist of, and a playable character in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem. The Avatar is a custom character created by the player who participates in the game's stories and battles, similar to the Tactician from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, albeit much more involved as a character than the previous use of the concept.
Players can change the Avatar's name, gender, starting class, appearance and background. They can choose what their character's past, present and future is, which influences their base stats and stat growths. The default appearance of the Avatar is the blue-haired, male Mercenary who stands next to Marth in the game's boxart. The default female Avatar also has blue hair and is a Myrmidon.
From a gameplay perspective, the Avatar functions exactly like any other playable character. However, since they are one of the main heroes of the game, alongside Marth, their death results in an instant Game Over on both Classic and Casual mode. Unlike Marth, the Avatar does not need to be brought out into the battlefield, at least once the Prologue is over.
The Avatar's background varies by what the player selects, where Avatar can be:
- A noble's child, but left the castle due to family circumstances.
- An orphan where they were picked up while still an infant.
- From the country.
- A bishop's child, but lost their parents.
- A peddler's child, but the parents later divorced.
Regardless, the Avatar ultimately lived in the small village of Sera, living with their grandfather Maclir, who trained Avatar very strictly so that Avatar could become a knight of Altea like Maclir once was. Avatar lived strongly by the code that their grandfather had given them.
While living in Sera, Avatar would occasionally be asked by Maclir to deliver wood to a neighboring village, where Avatar met Norne. One day, Norne had gotten lost in a forest and was found and comforted by Avatar, but because Avatar had also been lost as well, the two had to wait until other adults would find them. Having spoken to Norne about wanting to become an Altean knight, this made Norne want to be a knight of Altea as well, and if Avatar is male, Norne mentions that it was also because she wanted to see Avatar once more.
Eventually, Maclir died and Avatar would work hard so that they could become a knight as their grandfather wished for them to become.
Becoming a Knight Edit
It would not be until a year after the War of Shadows that Avatar would finally enter the Altean castle and become a new recruit.
Before entering the castle, Avatar bumped into a new recruit like themselves, a young girl named Katarina. Easily befriending the girl, Katarina and Avatar partnered up during their first trial, as Katarina admitted that she couldn't fight and really wanted to be a tactician. Accepting the partnership, Avatar went through the first trial, where they battled against an Altean soldier and even Jagen himself. Afterwards, Avatar and Katarina listened to Marth's speech.
When later joined by Luke, Roderick, and Ryan, they were to discuss who would be the leader of their platoon, to which Luke nominated himself and Katarina nominated Avatar. Luke then challenges Avatar to a duel to see who should be the leader, which Katarina hastily accepted. Regardless, Avatar defeated both Luke and Roderick with Ryan's help, due to working together while Luke and Roderick fought them separately.
The next part of their test had them face Caeda, Marth's fiancée, who gets along easily with Avatar, and offers to join their party after Avatar defeats her. Though hesitant, Jagen questions if Avatar knows how the War of Shadows was won by Marth, to which Avatar can answer if they do know or not, but ultimately understands that any help that is offered to them should be taken.
As tests grew more difficult, Avatar eventually had Wrys join them, a curate, before taking on their next challenge, being either Jeorge or Athena. After the test was over, Avatar receives their interim report, where Cain judges them based on their performance with their allies, the score dropping should allies have gotten injured, and compare their score with the other platoons. The Avatar could have been either ranked first or last depending on the player's performance. Afterwards, Avatar got somewhat lost in the castle, and ran into Elice, Marth's elder sister. The two spoke, where Elice speaks of how despite being called the "Hero-King", Marth is deeply idealistic child that he truly believes that he can save everyone and how much he despises losing even a single comrade, despite the harsh reality of the world was that even Marth cannot save everyone, to which Avatar sadly agrees. Elice pleads that if Avatar becomes a knight, then they must try to protect Marth and his ideals.
One day as they were on march duty, Avatar had gotten everyone lost because they led everyone around despite having a very poor sense of direction. Apologizing to their comrades, they try to find their way back, but then Katarina directs them to a nearby village that was under attack by bandits. Wanting to help the townspeople, Avatar led the 7th Platoon to defend the village, and was assisted by Merric, a close friend of Marth's, who comments on Avatar's hair, comparing it to Marth's blue hair if Avatar should happen to have blue hair as well. After making it back to Altea castle, Avatar was lost to their thoughts, as they had noticed a "strange man with a mask" among the bandits, but wasn't there when they had routed the bandits. They could tell Katarina this, but the matter is ultimately waved off.
Avatar and Katarina are then summoned by Marth, who praises them for their service to his people, and was so impressed that he wanted to appoint them as Royal Guards if they pass their test. Despite the praise, Avatar is hesitant, as they think themselves unworthy of such a role, but Marth tells them that they can think on the matter.
While Luke is contemplating a new hairstyle, due to not being popular with the girls, Katarina pointed out that Roderick, Ryan, and Avatar were the only ones popular with others (regardless of Avatar's gender), and it was Luke's attitude that was the problem, before they had to move on to their next test by Jagen. With 3 months having passed since their training began, only 20 recruits remained. While this intimidated Katarina, Avatar was determined to see their training through.
Before their test begins, Avatar speaks with Katarina, who informs them that she would obtain stronger weapons using some connections, and also get a new recruit that had her platoon desert her. With the new weapons Katarina acquired and had delivered to them with Cecille, the new recruit, Avatar managed to overcome the test, defeat either Draug or Ogma. Afterwards, Katarina speaks to Avatar, and admits that she wants to become Royal Guards with Avatar and believes that together, they would be an unstoppable team, and asks if Avatar feels the same, to which they can agree or admit they still haven't thought about it too much.
When their final test nears, Avatar finds Katarina by herself crying, and Avatar asks angrily if someone had bullied her, but Katarina assures that it wasn't anything like that, and promises to tell Avatar another time. As they have their final test, Avatar faces either Cain or Est. Afterwards, they receive their final score, where the 7th Platoon could have faired exceptionally well, surpassing even knights before them, or very poorly, but regardless, Avatar's platoon ultimately passed their final test and thus would become knights. That night, Avatar couldn't sleep and sees Katarina once more, who tells them about her past as an orphan, and compares herself to Avatar, due to how they both desire to do something for the sake of another. She then tells Avatar that Cecille had given her a headband that she wants Avatar to wear, as it would get them more psyched, to which Avatar can agree to or not.
The next day, as the 7th Platoon is about to be knighted, a soldier arrives and informs them that the castle is under attack by an unknown amount of troops. As Jagen leaves to deal with the matter, the newly appointed knights remain behind with Marth. As they contemplate joining in with the other soldiers, Katarina reveals herself to actually be an assassin that was to assassinate Marth, and she had drugged all the guards in the castle so that her accomplices can enter. She also reveals her real name was Reese. The revelation shocks and horrifies everyone, especially Avatar and Cecille.
Despite that, Avatar decides to fight their former friend to protect Marth. After a long battle, Katarina is injured and forced to retreat, thus saving Marth's life. Despite the attempt on his life, Marth believed that perhaps Katarina was being being forced into it or the circumstances were unavoidable for her. Marth then asks Avatar to be his Royal Guard, and also help Katarina if they ever run into her again.
Afterwards, Avatar and Cecille speak, both deeply hurt by Katarina's betrayal, before Cecille asks Avatar if they would keep the headband, to which they can agree to or not. They also promise and believe that they would be able to bring Katarina back again, and the 7th Platoon would be complete once more.
As time passes, Emperor Hardin eventually requests that Marth lead the Altean army to subjugate a rebellion in Grust, Marth is forced to comply. Marth speaks to Avatar and warns that they would enter a real battle, and defeat equaled dying in battle, unlike in the examinations, where they would only be injured and removed from battle. So Marth pleads to Avatar to not get themselves killed, to which Avatar agrees.
After the rebellion was over and General Lorenz succumbed to the wounds he had received from trying to protect Prince Jubelo and Princess Yuliya from General Lang, Marth watched as Lang dragged the two Grust royal heirs away. Avatar pleaded with Marth to give them the order to retrieve the children, but despite Marth's desire to, Jagen stopped Marth from doing so, as such a thing would result in a war with Archanea, and they had to move to Macedon to try and rescue Princess Minerva.
Avatar learns about the Whitewings and their speed, which Jagen compares Avatar's speed to them, which can be exemplary or poor. After breaking through the borders of Macedon, Avatar and Marth meet Linde, a former comrade. She gives Marth the Fire Emblem, the royal heirloom of Archanea. Learning that Princess Nyna wanted the Emblem to be delivered to Marth, they realize that something terrible was coming.
Continuing onwards to Macedon, Avatar trains and is observed by Jagen, who examines their skill, whether they can deliver their strikes against the enemy, to which their skill can be from being that of an expert or insufficient. Once they meet and defeat the rebellion in an attempt to rescue Minerva, they discover that she was no longer there, having been taken by Michalis, Minerva's older brother who was believed to have been deceased from the last war. General Lang then arrives and orders Marth to retrieve the children, who had been rescued by someone, who is revealed to be Ogma. However, Avatar grows angry by how Lang speaks and treats Marth, declaring that Marth was not Lang's minion. Lang berates Avatar on their manners, and while Marth does apologize for Avatar's words, he declares that he would no longer obey Lang's orders any longer, before Jagen frightens Lang away.
Discussing their next course of action, they believe that Ogma may take the children to Wendell, the pontifex of Khadein. However, before that, Jagen speaks to Avatar, who informs them that the assassins that attempted to claim Marth's life a year ago was being searched, and there was a lead that said the were in the northern mountains of Macedon, and were searching for former allies of Marth's from the War of Shadows. Acting quickly, they find and rescue Wrys, who was nearly about to be killed by the assassins. Afterwards, Wrys speaks to Avatar and mentions Avatar's hair growing longer, and offered to shave it, to which they agree or not. Should they get their hair shaved, Marth expresses shock, but lets Avatar keep it should they like it.
After rescuing the two royal heirs, Caeda arrives breathless, and reveals horrific news: Altea was attacked by the imperial army, and Gra and Aurelis ambushed them, and the Altean forces were wiped out and the castle had fallen. Avatar is horrified to learn that their homeland was taken by the enemy. It was then understood that everything was a setup, for Marth to leave with his elite soldiers so that Altea would be defenseless. After they resolve to try and reclaim their homeland, Avatar is approached by Jagen and asked if they wanted to keep their haircut, to which they can agree to or not.
The Altean army then enter the Olbern Keep, where they seize control and prepare to enter the castle. Avatar also asks Marth for permission to kill Lang once they enter the castle, but Jagen calms the young knight and warns them to be cautious. Before entering the castle, Jagen asks if Avatar has enough strength to break through Lang's impressive defense, to which Avatar's strength could vary from being very impressive to not being very strong and would need alternate methods to defeat Lang, but regardless, Jagen asks Avatar to kill Lang in his stead for Lang's insolence. When Avatar faces Lang, Avatar declares that for oppressing countless people and insulting their liege, Lang would have to atone with his death.
After Lang is killed and Wendell speaks to Marth about searching for the Starsphere Shards to try and restore the Starsphere, Marth then reminisces with Avatar about their past, and comment by how many of their comrades survived thus far, where Marth sees all, many, or some of their comrades are still alive, making Marth praise Avatar for their actions or plead Avatar to help him to keep the remaining people safe.
Jagen then informs Avatar and Marth that they were being attacked by some mercenaries, who are revealed to be Rath and Caesar, who were working with Roro of the assassins to kill Marth. Avatar agrees with Jagen's plan to face the mercenaries. After killing Roro (or rather, Roro's clone) and sparing Rath and Caesar, Marth's pleads with them to join them, but the two refuse unless they were to get paid. Avatar then convinces them by declaring that they would definitely reclaim their homeland and would be able to pay for Rath and Caesar's services, and adds in that since they failed their mission to kill Marth, Archanea would not pay them their gold, so serving Marth would be ideal for them.
As they make their way to the Fane of Raman to search for the Starsphere Shards, Avatar speaks with Jagen, who asks Avatar how they perceive Jagen, to which Avatar responds that Jagen's loyalty towards Marth was evident, and while he was strict he was very kind, making Jagen happy. When Avatar returned the question, he praises that they were capable Royal Guards, and also adds a trait of Avatar that is determined by what the player selected in the beginning:
- Having an aura that attracts people.
- A hidden genius.
- An indisputably strong heart.
- A kind heart.
- Being wise to being almost foresighted.
Once the thieves from the Fane of Raman were driven away, they found the temple ransacked and most of the items stolen away, which Jagen commented would infuriate even Naga. Jagen explains the legend of Naga to Avatar, before they try to cross the Chiasmir Bridge. Avatar speaks with Wendell, and caught a slight cold, to which Wendell offered to give them one of his hats so that Avatar could remain warm, which Avatar can accept or not, but is advised to watch their health. Should Avatar wear the hat, Marth comments that it suits them, due to keeping them warm from the strong sea winds.
As they cross the bridge, Hardin himself arrives with his forces to attack Marth. If Avatar faces Hardin, they learn that they cannot even harm Hardin because of mysterious power he possessed, so they decided that Marth had to escape. Despite Marth wishing to remain behind to help his comrades, Avatar assures them that they would remain there with the others as the rear guard and would regroup with Marth later. Despite his worries, Jagen assured Marth that Avatar was more than capable. Before they left, Avatar could return Wendell's hat if they want to should they have accepted it earlier.
Just as they promised, Avatar returned and regrouped with Marth when they were near Khadein, to which Marth comments on Avatar's luck, where it go from the Avatar's good luck that somehow had a sandstorm form that allowed their escape, to having such poor luck that Avatar and the others had earth and sand hinder them and they even got lost, to which Marth comments that Avatar might be loved or hated by the goddess of fortune.
As they discuss about the mysterious dark power emanating from Hardin, they learn that Khadein mages were mounting an offense on them, forcing the Altean army to fight back and break into the sactuary, and be quick about it, as Archanea's pursuit force would be at their rear soon. Once they succeed in breaking in, Avatar and Marth talk about Merric, preparing to meet him. Once in the School of Khadein, Marth comments on Avatar's magical abilities, where Avatar might be as powerful as Merric and might be a teacher in Khadein, have potential to be a student, or be as bad as Marth.
Facing against Elrean and his mages, they soon manage to succeed in defeating them and Wendell managing to convince Elrean to stop fighting, Avatar informs Marth that they also rescued the clerics that were forced to help the enemy. After the battle and learning the method needed to defeat Hardin, Jagen and Avatar spoke, where Jagen comments on their army's progress and how many comrades survived, where Avatar may have been most impressive, excellent, or unsatisfactory, but Jagen believes that with Marth as their core and Avatar as their support, they would not falter, or Jagen would plead Avatar to try and protect the remaining survivors as their lives are in Avatar's hands. Malice also speaks with Avatar, and asks if Marth would pay for her and Dice's services, to which they ask for a small amount, which is high by their standards.
They then learn that Horace was in peril against the assassins, and Avatar learns who Horace was, and assists Marth in saving Horace. After saving Horace and killing the original Roro, they learn that Roro and his clones were raised in such a horrifying way that their souls were crushed and they could only obey orders, leading Marth to question if Katarina lived under such circumstances, which was the first time that Katarina was mentioned since the assassination attempt, and Avatar remained silent. Avatar then speaks to Jagen, and reveals that they had discovered a mask used in masquerade balls, and decide to wear it or not, which would surprise Marth when he notices it.
Now making their way through Anri's Way to meet Gotoh, Marth questions whether they are able to even compare to Anri, to which Avatar remarks that Marth was indeed strong, and his kindness was his greatest strength, as it drew others in and made them want to fight for him, comforting Marth. Making it through the Tower of Thebes, they run into Tiki, only to see that it was actually Xane in disguise, which surprises Avatar. Afterwards, Marth asks if Avatar wants to keep the mask on should they have worn it, to which they can or not.
Continuing on Anri's Way, they enter the Graveyard of Fire Dragons, Jagen comments on the heat of the lava pools there, and notices Avatar, where Avatar's strength might leave them unfazed that has Jagen question if Avatar was invulnerable, struggling but still strong enough to keep going, or dizzy that forces Jagen to help Avatar through. Before entering the frozen lands, Jagen comments on how often Avatar entered the Drill Grounds, where Avatar had entered many times, a few, or none at all.
After they make it through the frozen lands, Jagen informs Avatar and Marth that there were people behind them and were likely enemies, but Marth believes there may be some allies, and the possibility of that makes Avatar agree to enter a battle to try and defeat any enemies while saving any allies. After being warned by their ally Athena, they then are ambushed by Clarisse, but she and her forces are defeated and routed, so Avatar and Marth continue onwards.
Once they finally complete Anri's Way, meet Gotoh to receive the Lightsphere, complete the Starsphere once more, and recruiting Tiki, they are then all warped back to Altea, where Avatar expresses their desire to free it from the enemies, and then run into Xane. Xane tries to play a prank on Avatar by trying to convince them to change their hairstyle to be similar to that of Tiki's, along with the tiara, as that will give Avatar legendary power, to which Avatar believes, but might still decline the offer to change hairstyle. Xane comments that Avatar is either trusting or naive should they accept, or boring if they decline. Marth expresses some surprise at the hairstyle, but realizes that it was just Xane's pranks.
As they battle Archanea's forces, managing to save Est and stop Abel from attacking them, Marth comes to doubt himself because of how many innocents had been hurt, but Avatar steps in and reminds Marth of his own words when Avatar was still a new recruit, to which Marth remembers that he admitted that alone he was a weakling, and thus needed everyone's strength. Avatar declares that since hearing those words, they had sworn to become Marth's strengths, wanting to be his sword, and how they would share the burden that Marth carries so he wouldn't be alone, which touches Marth. If Avatar wore the tiara and the hairstyle with it, they realized that they didn't feel any different, and Marth states that Xane tricked them, and suggests that Avatar change the hairstyle back, to which they can agree, or they still believe in Xane and think that the legendary power simply needs to sink in with time.
With Altea liberated and the castle all that remained, and Avatar is nostalgic with Jagen about their first days in the castle, to which Jagen remarks on Avatar's progress and overall power, where Avatar could have grown into one of the most finest young soldiers in Altea, had gained much experience as a knight, or hasn't grown that much at all. Once entering the castle, they find the castle having thieves, and Jagen notes that there's a suspicious thief trying to escape north, and Avatar offers to capture them on Marth's order. Once they capture the castle and reclaim the Geosphere, Marth and Avatar speak about their memories of the castle, where Marth mentions that this was where Avatar had met Katarina. However, Avatar sensed enemy presence, to which Jagen arrives and confirms it to be the work of assassins.
The attack of the assassins is led by none other than Katarina, their former friend that they hadn't seen in for some time. Despite Marth trying to plead with Katarina to stop, Katarina declares that she has no choice. As she battles Avatar, Katarina tells Avatar that she once had a happy dream where she and Avatar became Royal Guards, where they helped many people and were thanked by them, but then waves her dream off before resuming her battle. However, Avatar refused to fight Katarina, despite her warning them that if they didn't fight her, then they would die. Finally, Avatar calls Katarina, wanting her to listen to them, where Katarina questions why Avatar refused to fight them, to which Avatar declares that Katarina was their friend, and reminds her of the time they spent together, recalling the words she had spoken about how she desired to be Royal Knights together with Avatar. Despite Katarina claiming that everything between them were lies, Avatar pointed out that if that was the case, then why was Katarina crying.
Avatar declared that Katarina belonged with them and Marth, and that even if she committed many sins, she can still atone for them, and declared that no matter what happened, they would always be by their side. Telling her to return to them once more, Katarina finally gives in and joins Avatar, where Marth makes his punishment toward her to be that she find her own road in life and to atone for her sins by living, rather than dying.
Entering Gra, they battle the forces of Archanea and Gra, though Gra's soldiers had lost their will to fight. Jagen comments on Avatar's defense is either overwhelming that even Gra in its prime couldn't hope to win, impressive enough that Gra's soldiers cannot match them, or needs more work as even the recruits of Gra should not be underestimated. After defeating Archanea's forces and sparing the soldiers of Gra, thus earning Sheema and Samson's trust, Marth discusses his plans to try and reach Hardin faster, as their battles were only buying Hardin more time. Avatar suggests that they avoid the route where Archanea's forces are concentrated in, which would be Adria Pass, and though there's the chance of an ambush, it was the fastest course of action, to which Marth accepted, as they had overcome Anri's Way. Afterwards, Avatar runs into Frost, who wanted to join the Altean army since they rescued Macedon, but because the army moved so fast, Frost wasn't able to keep up until now, so Frost joins the army.
Going through Adria Pass, Marth speaks to Avatar about the battles they faced and how they surpassed Anri's Way, where Marth expresses joy that everyone survived, some sadness if a few died, or grief if many perished. Having gotten through Adria Pass and acquired the Lifesphere from Hardin's older brother, Marth praises Avatar for their actions, but Avatar states that they only made a random suggestion, though Marth refutes this and continued to praise them, but then they learn that a coup d'etat broke out and quickly put down in the palace and the prisoners were being quickly executed by the day, making Marth and Avatar try and hurry.
Now in the capital of Archanea, they battle the imperial army and then made their way into the palace for the final stand against Hardin, where Avatar can face Hardin in battle, though Hardin will only seek a battle against Marth. After Hardin is defeated, all the orbs were gathered and the Fire Emblem was completed and restored as the Shield of Seals. When Nyna, Maria, Elice, and Lena arrived, the power of the Shield of Seals dispelled the magic surrounding the four and revealed them to have been Gharnef's priests that had an illusion cast over them to deceive Marth. Realizing that Gharnef was attempting to revive Medeus once more, they continue their battle by trying to locate Medeus and Gharnef. They also learn that the base of operations for the assassins that Eremiah ran was an orphanage in the mountains of Archanea. Avatar volunteers to end the assassins for good, but Katarina arrives and tells them a secret route that they could take.
As they enter the orphanage, Avatar learned how Katarina was raised, where she lived in darkness and turned into mere puppets, but now Katarina had a will of her own thanks to Avatar. After defeating Eremiah, they learn of her origins and descent to madness, and Avatar remarks that with the assassins now gone, there would be no more victims like Katarina.
Going directly between the borders of Macedon and Dolhr, Avatar informs Marth that there were a large amount of wyverns and barbarians coming their way, commenting that it was even worse than in Anri's Way. When Ymir arrives to help, Avatar mistakes Ymir for a barbarian, but Marth informed Avatar that Ymir was a comrade. Realizing their mistake, Avatar apologizes to Ymir and introduces themselves. After the battle, Ymir speaks to Avatar and offered them a hat made from animal hide, which they can agree to or not. Should they wear it, Marth comments that Avatar would surely stand out as a target.
Once they entered the Dragon's Table, Gotoh arrives and brings in Nagi, whom Avatar questions if she was an ally from the previous war, to which Marth denies, but remarks that he recognizes her for some reason. Now entering the battle, they break through the numerous enemies and go through some stairways to go further in. If Avatar was wearing Ymir's gift, Avatar can choose to remove it due to sticking out like a sore thumb.
Before facing Gharnef, Marth speaks of Gharnef's power, and then notes Avatar's ability to resist magic, which can be impeccable that Avatar would be their strongest hope of defeating Gharnef, fairly resist but still at risk against Gharnef, or have very little resistance and thus should avoid Gharnef. Should Avatar face Gharnef, Avatar declares that they would not allow Marth to die. After Gharnef is defeated and Falchion is recovered, they make their way to the final room where Medeus was.
As they approach the final room, Marth displays some nervousness, and Avatar reassures them by mentioning that once in their past as a child, they met a fortune teller, who told them what Avatar's future would be depending on the player's choice in the beginning, where Avatar would:
- Grow up to be a legendary hero.
- Live out life quietly.
- Follow their calling like an arrow.
- Devote their life to the service of others.
- Be stupidly rich and famous.
They then added that Avatar would grow to be 100 years old, and while Marth was surprised by how long, he realized that if that was the case, then that meant that they would surely survive this battle through, which reassures Marth.
However, when they finally reached the room where Medeus was, they find out that Elice, Nyna, Maria, and Lena were all hypnotized and surrounding Medeus to be consumed for his complete revival. Jagen realizes that if they cannot free them from Medeus' control, then they would have no choice but to kill them to get to Medeus, which horrifies Marth, and he declares that there has to be another way. Jagen speaks to Avatar and pleads them to find a way to save the princesses, and Avatar agrees, but understands that if there was absolutely no way, then they would put them out of their misery, but admitted they didn't want to think about that.
Thankfully, through the efforts of Merric, Sirius, Minerva, and Julian, the princesses were all freed from Medeus' control and thus the battle against Medeus was clear. If Avatar faces Medeus, Medeus states that Avatar was foolish to face him, Avatar expresses their hope on Marth and would gladly give their lives to help Marth defeat Medeus.
Once Medeus has been slain at last, the long war finally reached its end, everyone celebrates. However, when Marth speaks to Avatar and promises to make sure that Avatar's name goes down in history for them their support, but Avatar then tells Marth that that was unnecessary. Avatar then states that the world needed to look up to a hero, a single godlike hero that would unite the land so that everyone can agree to it and not share any hostilities that would likely linger. Despite understanding that the world will never recognize Avatar's efforts, Avatar states that Marth's recognition was all that was needed, and they would forever be Marth's shadow.
Marth is shocked by this, but accepts Avatar's request, and states that Avatar was his other half and a true friend.
While Avatar's is not known much in history after the war, there were many people that speak highly of them, and claim that Avatar was Altea's finest knight.
The Avatar's personality is very straightforward, primarily being their undying loyalty towards Marth and their desire to train to better themselves. The majority of their actions and conversations with other characters are generally about their loyalty towards Marth. When Lang spoke rudely to Marth, Avatar grew furious, and later on when they fought Lang, Avatar's anger towards him for his disrespect towards Marth was still expressed. The loyalty goes truly very deep that at the end of the war, Avatar desired to have their name removed from history, despite how they would have been just as famous as Marth, just so that Marth would remain as the hero of the world that everyone can look up to. Even Marth himself at times questions Avatar's undying loyalty, but still valued Avatar as a true friend, even calling them his other half.
Their dedication towards Marth also put Avatar at odds with some comrades, such as Astram, whom Avatar held some ill will towards in the beginning due to previous skirmishes, or Sirius, whom was a man that Avatar was unsure if they were an enemy that might harm Marth. However, in time, Avatar came to trust and value them as comrades as well, even willing to keep Sirius' true identity a secret when they found out.
Avatar is also shown to be a terrible cook. Their cooking is so terrible that even Caeda commented that it tasted like steel, despite all their practice. Even so, Avatar did not want to stop cooking and continued to practice, shown in other conversations. The Avatar also has a terrible sense of direction and gets lost very easily, to which they admit to this, but whenever they do get lost, they don't admit that they are lost until someone points it out.
They are also shown to be rather gullible and naive, or perhaps just overly trusting towards some people, such as believing Xane's prank that having a similar hairstyle to Tiki's and having the tiara of hers would grant them legendary strength, and should they continue to wear it, they still believe in Xane's prank despite Marth telling them that it was a prank. They even believe some exaggerated tales about some of their comrades, such as Draug and his invincible defensive skills, which inadvertently made Avatar train in a convoluted method that Draug gave them to show it, but Avatar showed to be able to perform it to a limited to degree, much to Draug's shock.
The Avatar also gets flustered rather easily, especially when it comes to the opposite sex, shown in conversations with Samuel, as they are not completely sure on feelings of love. Male Avatar even admitting that he is bad with girls and is shown to get easily flustered with some, like Phina or Palla. Female Avatar states to Samuel that she had discarded her womanhood long ago and gets embarrassed whenever she was called cute or beautiful. This trait leaves them targets to be teased by others.
Despite their straightforward personality, they have shown a slight playful side with Phina, as the Male Avatar tried to make a sudden confession of love, and the Female Avatar tried to get her to wear an extremely revealing dancing outfit that would shame them, before revealing to have been joking.
While they are loyal to Marth, Avatar has shown to also be equally loyal to friends, expressed the strongest when it comes to Katarina, whom Avatar shared a strong trust for, and was deeply hurt when she revealed herself to be an assassin. Whenever Katarina was mentioned in a conversation following her betrayal, Avatar remained silent. When facing Katarina for the final time, Avatar revealed their dedication to their bond by refusing to fight her and trying to convince her to return, declaring that they would stand by her side no matter what, which got through to her and caused her to join Avatar.
The Female Avatar seems to develop a more romantic support with Gordin, Cain, Horace, Warren, Wolf, and Jeorge. Male Avatar shares this with Katarina, Malice, Marisha, Athena, Norne, and even flirted with Phina.
- Classes available for females only are Myrmidon and Pegasus Knight.
All classes in a respective reclass set may be used after the prologue but the initial class determines the appearance of the Avatar's clothes. A Cavalier Avatar comes with a lance if male or with a sword if female. After the game is cleared on Hard difficulty or higher, the reclass set limit on males is lifted.
- Wolf (female only)
- Jeorge (female only)
- Warren (female only)
- Gordin (female only)
- Horace (female only)
“Lang! You have oppressed countless people, and insulted my liege. You can only atone for these sins with your life!”
—Avatar versus Lang
“Avatar. I am Prince Marth's Royal Guard. Emperor Hardin of Archanea, the prince told me that you were once a trusted friend. Why would you do something like this?”
—Female Avatar versus Hardin in Chapter 8
“Dark Emperor Hardin... Look nowhere else, I am your opponent!”
—Male Avatar versus Hardin in Chapter 20.
“Sir Hardin... To defeat you is my duty. Prepare yourself.”
—Female Avatar versus Hardin in Chapter 20
“Then, you'll just have to start atoning for them. It won't be easy. Many people from both Altea and your organization will turn you a cold shoulder... But, I can promise you this. No matter what happens... I'll stand by your side.”
—Avatar trying to convince Katarina to return to them
“I will not let Prince Marth die. I won't let the likes of you lay even a finger on him...!”
—Male Avatar versus Gharnef
“I will not let Prince Marth die. I won't...! ”
—Female Avatar versus Gharnef
“I have come this far, just for this moment. My death means nothing, for Prince Marth will create a bright future for us all...! As long as I have that hope, I'll fight on. I'll come at you with everything I've got!”
—Avatar versus Medeus
Katarina: Avatar!? It can't be... Pull yourself together, Avatar! ”
—Avatar's death/game over quote in the Prologues
“Avatar: ...Prince... Marth...
Marth: No... Avatar...! Please open your eyes... Avatar!! ”
—Avatar's death/game over quote in the Main Story
New Mystery of the EmblemEdit
The Hero's Guard
Not much is written about Avatar in the pages of history. However, many speak highly of the time they spent alongside whom they called Altea's finest knight.
Luke gives a nickname for the Avatar that varies depending on the gender and face that were chosen in character creation.
- Note: These names are based off the Heroes of Light and Shadow Translation project
The Avatar's default name is Chris which is short for Christopher. The name originates from the Late Greek name Χριστοφορος (Christophoros) meaning "bearing Christ". It was meant to exemplify someone who carried Christ in their heart and is a similar allusion to the Avatar's relationship with Marth.
The Avatar's localized default name is Kris, which is a diminutive version of Chris, it also the name of asymmetrical dagger used in southeastern Asia.
- Kris has an item named after themselves in Fire Emblem Awakening called Kris's Confect.
- The Avatar is one of the few units whose status screen portrait changes at some point of the game, a trait they share with Alm, Celica, Marth, Ike, Volke, Sothe, Micaiah and Lucina. Their change happens whenever you get the chance to change their hairstyle or headgear. Unlike other examples, the changes are not mandatory and can be reversed at the end of the next chapter.
- The New Mystery of the Emblem Avatar is the only Fire Emblem Avatar to not appear in the Super Smash Bros. series.
- The Avatar of New Mystery of the Emblem is referred to as female by Marth in Lost Bloodlines 2 when facing Female Avatar of Awakening, and as male by Katarina in Rogues & Redeemers 1 when facing Male Avatar of Awakening.
- The Avatar of New Mystery of the Emblem is still mentioned in Rogues & Redeemers by Katarina when facing the Female Avatar of Awakening, but nothing gender specific.