“...Nay, I'll turn no blade of mine on a woman. If you're willing to pay for my services with your life, then consider yourself the high bidder. My sword is yours.”
—Nabarl, when Shiida asks him to join Marth's cause in Shadow Dragon.
Nabarl (ナバール Nabāru, translated as Navarre in the North American version, Nabaaru in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Navarl in the anime) is a character from Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi and its sequels.
Nabarl is a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Nabarl is a stoic mercenary known as the Crimson Fencer and infamous for his Killing Edge, often working with bandits for unknown reasons. It is mentioned in the developer's notes that Nabarl is searching for someone, and this is related to why he is receptive towards women in danger.
In Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, he was assigned to chase after Lena and Julian, but changes his mind and joins Marth's army when Shiida asks him to, in part due to his policy not to harm women or children he encounters. After the war he vanishes.
In Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, he reappears and returns to banditry once more where he encounters the dancer Feena. After hearing that the Altean army approaches them, Nabarl once again defects and protects Feena along the way. He helps Marth out of respect from the last campaign, but once again vanishes once the campaign is over with Feena following him.
A little of his past was revealed in the OAV. A scene of him having a nightmare, where a woman is shown to be killed, can be seen in Episode 2. It is likely that Nabarl's policy on not killing women and children stemmed from this memory. Nabarl seems to show little-to-no emotion, except for this memory-nightmare, where he is clearly afraid.
In the manga adaptation, in Volume 8, it is revealed he was orphaned when he was a child and he becomes a swordsman after the church master who raised him was killed by bandits, whom Nabarl later avenges.
|Sword - C||Killing Edge|
|Sword - C||Killing Edge|
|Sword - A||Killing Edge*|
*Enemy only, joins unequipped.
Though Nabarl usually has a fair bit of advantages which are his high speed and HP, his poor defense gain can make him somewhat fragile, though with his speed, he will frequently evade and counter enemies except for classes such as archers. His high skill allows him to attack with good accuracy and deal frequent critical hits, and his speed often enables him to attack twice. It is also a good idea to let Nabarl keep the Killing Edge that he has at the beginning of the game, as he tends to make good use of it.
Giving Nabarl a Seraph Robe allows him to level up quickly, because he can kill more enemies without dying (this holds especially true if you use the arena). His strength and defense will remain low, but his HP will begin to grow very quickly. He can reach close to his HP cap before level 20, as well as capping speed and skill. His critical will not grow to the extent that it does for Swordmasters in other games; however, with the ready availability of killing edges after the mid-game point, he will deal frequent critical strikes, and they will almost always kill his enemies.
Nabarl, early on, will not be able to kill knights and other high-defense characters without an armorslayer. Nabarl's weaknesses include most lance-wielding enemies, mages, and (for a while) enemies with killing weapons.
Shin Monshō no Nazo ~Hikari to Kage no Eiyū~Edit
"Ignoring the expectations of others, Nabarl disappeared like the wind once more."
Shiida: Nabarl! since when does a swordsman of your caliber fall in with thieves and cutthroats?
Nabarl: What? Who are you? Fly away, girl, before someone decides to swat you.
Shiida: Please, Nabarl. Why fight for nothing when you can fight for something? Leave this rabble. Lend your sword to our cause. Or, if you will not, then turn it on me now instead.
Nabarl: ...Nay, I'll turn no blade of mine on a woman. If you're willing to pay for my services with your life, then consider yourself the high bidder. My sword is yours.
—Nabarl's death quote in Shadow Dragon
—Nabarl's death quote as enemy in Shadow Dragon
From The OVAEdit
“Look at my hands. Look! These hands are stained with death; what's one more murder when you've committed so many? Hmph. There's no turning back for me now. Not even your 'God' can save my soul, priestess.”
—To Lena, after killing a Soothsire thief.
Nabarl also jump started a trend of Fire Emblem characters as a dangerous enemy who appears usually early in the game and can be convinced to join and comes up with something that increases Critical rate, such as the Kill Sword, and who is believed by most fans to be worth the effort of recruiting. His character archetype later evolves into the Myrmidon and Swordmaster classes in latter Fire Emblem games beginning with Fire Emblem: Binding Blade and Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, respectively. Nabarls rival Ogmas, and a few other characters in the game, as fan favorites. Lore-wise, they usually have some kind of relationship with the game's Lena or Julian character and have a warrior's spirit, hold some kind of code or policy, and are known to take chances. Before they join the player's party, they may have served as a mercenary for bandits. Like Ogmas, they usually fade into obscurity after the war is over.
List of NabarlsEdit
There are others who are considered Nabarls, but this is the generally agreed upon list.
- Nabarl (FE1/3/11/12)
- Deen (FE2)
- Samto (FE3/12)
- Ayra (FE4)
- Shiva (FE5)
- Rutger (FE6)
- Fir (FE6)
- Guy (FE7)
- Joshua (FE8)
- Marisa (FE8)
- Zihark (FE9/10)
- Lon'qu (FE13)
- Shanan - A prepromoted Swordmaster or similar class who joins mid or late game that has similar growths to a Nabarl character.
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|Nabaaru||Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo||Trophy Stand Drops +22|
The character name Nabarl is derived from the name of the Biblical character Nabal, meaning "foolish", "senseless", or figuratively "shamelessly improprietous." Nabal was the Calebite who was executed by God for defying King David.
Navarre is an autonomous community in Spain. Also, Naverre sounds similar to Javert, an antagonist in Victor Hugo's novel "Les Miserables", possibly referencing his relationship with Ogma, who might pursue him because he is a criminal.
- In Mystery of the Emblem, Nabarl had ear piercings.
- Nabarl is the only Akaneia Series character that makes a cameo in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (as Nabaaru) that never reused that name in either of the European and the North American version of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.
|Part 1: Fall of the Palace|
|Nyna (main) - Boah - Tomas - Midia - Dolph - Macellan - Gouber (boss)|
|Part 2: The Red Dragon Knight|
|Minerva (main) - Hardin (main) - Catria - Est - Wolf - Roshea - Frost - Ruben (boss)|
|Part 3: Thieves' Gang of Justice|
|Rickard (main) - Lena - Castor - Nabarl - Malice - Dice - Barm (boss)|
|Part 4: The Beginning|
|Camus (main) - Nyna (main) - Leiden - Belf - Robert - Bulzark (boss)|