The Earth Dragon (地竜 Chi ryū) is an enemy-only Dragon class that is introduced in Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi. A class of Dragons aligned to the element of earth, the Earth Dragon either spews noxious fumes of toxic Breath or harnesses the power contained within Earthstones to launch attacks on its foes.
During the age when Dragons ruled over Akaneia and mankind was just beginning to come into existence, Earth Dragons were revered as one of the most powerful of the Dragon families, rivaling even the Divine Dragons in might. However, as time went by, the Dragon civilization started to collapse as humanity grew, prompting the Divine Dragon Ruler Naga to propose that the Dragon tribes should accept their fate and let humanity rule the continent.
This enraged many members of the Earth Dragon tribe, who saw humans as parasitical insects who were their inferiors in all aspects, and they thereafter launched a campaign to exterminate humanity. The Divine Dragons intervened on humanity's behalf, starting a great war with the Earth Dragons. During this war, a particularly evil Dark Dragon of the Earth Tribe called Loptyr managed to make a blood pact with an ambitious human named Galle, secretly traveling to the human's home continent of Jugdral, aiding in the creation of a malevolent Empire.
Eventually, the Divine Dragons won the war and peace was established between the Dragon Tribes. However, the Manaketes continued to weaken, and eventually reached a point where they would lose their mind if they remained in Dragon form.
At the advice of the Dragon Tribe elders, there was an attempt to warn the Earth Dragons to seal their powers in Dragonstones to avoid spiraling into a state of feral madness. Unfortunately, only the Prince of the Earth Dragons, Medeus, complied with this request, and the rest refused to heed the warning out of sheer pride. This led to the eventual downfall of the Earth Dragons, as they were driven mad as a result of losing control over their powers. To protect humanity, Naga sealed the insane Earth Dragons within the Shield of Seals, and assigned Medeus to guard the seal in The Dragon's Table. As humanity started oppressing the weakened Manaketes, Medeus came to despise humanity with a fiery passion, eventually abandoning his pose as the guard of the Earth Dragons' seal. Together with other angered Manaketes and even some clans of barbaric humans, Medeus established the Dolhr empire in order to exact revenge against humanity.
Both Loptyr and Medeus were capable of becoming Dark Dragons.
History in the SeriesEdit
In Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, the Earth Dragon is the exclusive transformed form of the final boss, Medeus. Ot does not exist as a standalone class.
In Mystery of the Emblem, it is a seperate class which Medeus transforms into in Book 1. In book, the class is assumed by a number of generic enemies that appear mostly in the final chapter of Book 2. Both versions of the class attack using their Breath.
The Earth Dragon is again the personal transformed class of Medeus in Shadow Dragon, who appears as the final boss in the Endgame. This iteration of the class employs the power drawn from Earthstones for combat purposes.
In Shin Monshō no Nazo, the Earth Dragon class is, like its Mystery of the Emblem predecessor, no longer unique to Medeus, and is instead the class assumed by a number of generic enemies that mostly appear in the final chapter. This iteration of the class releases despairing fumes of Dark Breath in order to damage its foes.
In Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi and Mystery of the Emblem, the only Earth Dragon, Medeus, halves the foe's attack power (thus making them vulnerable to normal weapons, although not by much) unless weapons such as the Divinestone and Falchion are used, which makes them formidable units. However, in all games, they are weak against the Falchion and Mist Breath.
- There has yet to be an Earth Dragon to harbour a friendly outlook towards humanity due to most of the species going mad or possessing utter contempt for humanity in general.
- In The Art of Fire Emblem Awakening artbook, the Fell Dragon Grima is presumed to be descended from the Earth Dragons.
- While Medeus is said to be the only Earth Dragon who assumed a human form, a generic Earth Dragon Manakete is represented in the trading card game.
- In the data for Ankoku Ryu to Hikari no Tsurugi, the name "Gaia" appears alongside Wyvern, Naga, Salamander and Basilisk. Since the other names are all the formal names for the Dragon tribes, it can be deduced that the Earth Dragons' clan are also referred to as the Gaia Tribe.