“It all started when you fled from Leonster. My father was a kind man who loved peace. He had no reason to go against the Empire... But...but...! Just because he hid you, we were caught by the Empire and attacked! My father was forced to turn me over as a hostage and lost his right to his throne...he died a miserable death. I will never forgive you, Prince! If only you hadn't come to Alster...this never would have happened...”
—Miranda, in a conversation with Leif
Miranda (ミランダ) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. She is the fourteen-year-old princess of Alster who possesses a short temper and strong will. After her kingdom fell to the Grannvale Empire, she was imprisoned in Alster and was later sent to a remote Lopto church in Melfiye Forest once Leonster and Tahra began rebelling. She is used as a hostage to force Conomor and his extremely powerful army to fight for the Empire. She initially despises Leif for coming to Alster because it resulted in the Empire invading her country and killing her father.
Miranda is introduced in Chapter 16B when Leif's army seizes the church that she is residing in. During her reunion with Leif, she is not surprised that he does not recognize her and expresses hatred towards him for his actions that led to Alster's downfall. However, Dorias tells her that the Grannvale Empire would have still invaded Alster even if Leif was never there, and that Miranda's father was the one responsible for Alster's downfall, since he had refused to aid Leonster when it was invaded by both Thracia and the Grannvale Empire. After scolding Dorias for going overboard, Leif tells Miranda that he had no idea that she had been imprisoned and would have come sooner if he had known. Hearing this, Miranda tells Leif that if he is indeed telling the truth, then he will help her liberate Alster and avenge her father.
If recruited, she appears again at the end of Chapter 18 instead of the village maiden and convinces Leif to aid the civilians' rebellion in Alster. During Chapter 19, she can recruit Conomor to Leif's cause.
In the epilogue, Miranda approaches Leif and asks him if he wishes to marry her because the court nobles are pressuring her into it. By this time, she no longer holds a grudge against him and knows that he is a good person. Since Leif claims that he does not have time to think about such matters, despite his plans to confess to Nanna, Miranda decides to return to Alster and wait for him until the war is over. During her time waiting, she falls in love with a knight, who is implied to be Conomor, and disappears. It is said that she lived happily as a wife and a mother.
|Item Required||Promoted Class|
|Knight Proof||Mage Knight|
|D +1 +1|
- Conomor - 20%
- Leif - 10%
Miranda is of the Est archetype, starting out weak but possessing the potential to become rather powerful due to her impressive growth rates, particularly in Speed and Magic. Because of her late jointime and her relatively low starting level, she may exploit crusader scrolls to push her growths even higher. She does, however, suffer problems that other Est archetypes do not. In a game where many characters have a Pursuit Critical Coefficient of 3, 4, or even 5, Miranda's PCC is permanently limited to 1. She also lacks access to Personal Weapons. To compensate for these flaws, Miranda does have access to Wrath, but her defenses are weak enough to make utilizing Wrath a risky prospect.
Miranda is somewhat let down by her promotion, as she would have been better off as a Sage. As a Mage Knight, Miranda's low Strength will hamper her usefulness with Sword-based attacks, and she should thus be confined to wielding magic instead. She also lacks the Build to wield all but the lightest of Swords, although the Flame Sword and other magic weapons might be viable alternatives. It should be noted that the endgame chapters are all indoors, negating the movement advantage her mount provides her.
Overall, Miranda is a unit who can perform very well if heavily invested in, but will not perform well otherwise. Because of the abundance of competent magic users in Thracia 776, many of whom have access to staves or various unique perks, she has a very high bar to clear to if she wishes to outperform the others. Whether or not she is the best mage for any given job depends on how well the others turned out, as well as how much effort the player invested into raising her.
As mentioned before, due to her low starting level and late join time, Miranda is uniquely equipped to exploit scrolls. The Dain scroll is particularly useful to her. This scroll remedies her poor Defense and gives her the opportunity to gain additional Movement through her level ups. It also allows her to endure more rounds of combat during the enemy phase, making Wrath a worthwhile ability. If the player wishes to allow her to wield Swords with any degree of competence, the Noba scroll, along with the Neir and Dain scrolls, are nearly obligatory for her.
Miranda - The Stouthearted Princess (わがままな王女 Wagamamana ōjo)
While waiting for Leif in Alster, Miranda fell in love with a certain knight and disappeared. Despite her short temper, it is said that she lived happily as a wife and as a mother.
“If we could only...go back...to that time... Prince...Leif...”
—Miranda's death quote in Thracia 776.