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Nabarl
Navarre (Shadow Dragon Artwork)

Official artwork of Nabarl from Shadow Dragon.
GameFire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Fire Emblem: Awakening (SpotPass)
First SeenChapter 3: A Brush in the Teeth (Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi)
Chapter 7: The Scarlet Swordsman (Mystery of the Emblem)
Starting ClassMercenary (Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi and Mystery of the Emblem)
Myrmidon (Shadow Dragon and Shin Monshō no Nazo)
Swordmaster (Awakening)

“...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 the Akaneia Series of Fire Emblem. A stoic mercenary who is also known by the alias "Crimson Fencer" (紅の剣士 Kurenai no kenshi, lit. Crimson Swordsman), Nabarl is infamous for the dual-wielding fighting style that he employs with the eastern Killing Edge, alongside his inclination to work with bandits for unknown reasons.

In the Fire Emblem OVA, Nabarl is voiced by Koyasu Takehito (子安 武人) in the Japanese version and Aaron Krohn in the English version. He is voiced by Ohta Shinichiro (太田 真一郎) in Akaneia Saga.

Nabarl appears as a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

ProfileEdit

BackgroundEdit

A mercenary who is in his mid-twenties during the course of Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi and Mystery of the Emblem, Nabarl constantly travels around the continent of Akaneia in search of an unnamed person. According to the designer's notes released for Mystery of the Emblem, this furtive search of his could possibly account for his inclination to remain silent when regarding young women in danger.

Akaneia SagaEdit

Shortly after the palace of Akaneia falls to Doluna, Nabarl, while strolling through the streets of the palace town in Episode 3, stumbles upon Lena harassed by a lecherous bandit. After succeeding in chasing off the bandit by threatening him, Nabarl turns to depart after quietly urging Lena to take care of herself. He is, however, halted by Lena, who persuades him to aid her and Rickard in their quest to raid the palace and obtain its riches for the sake of easing the suffering of the poor. Moved by her words, he agrees to lend his blade to her cause.

Rickard later returns with Castor, an injured Hunter whom he had earlier saved, in tow. After being briefly introduced to the two, Nabarl warns them of his low tolerance for liars, threatening to slice off their tongues if he deems them guilty. The group of four then proceeds to rendezvous in a local inn, where they discuss the details of their plan to break into the palace.

The plan is executed the next morning, and while in the midst of looting the palace, the group chances upon Dice and Malice, a father-daughter treasure hunter pair who agree to aid them in exchange for a share of their spoils. As the group attempts to sneak back out of the palace, they are intercepted by General Camus. Princess Nyna of Akaneia intercepts Camus in the nick of time, where she persuades him to grant Lena and her allies reprieve, just as he had done for her when he led the invasion of Akaneia Palace in Episode 1. After formally granting the group permission to keep the looted treasures and distribute them to the needy, Nyna then urges Camus to lead the group to safety. Shortly after he is freed, Nabarl silently departs from the group, later lending his elite services to the Soothsires.

War of DarknessEdit

Nabarl makes his debut in Chapter 3 of Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, where he is assigned the task of chasing after Julian and Lena after they escape from the Soothsire stronghold located within the domains of the Samsooth Mountains. While in the midst of carrying out his mission, Nabarl is interrupted by Shiida, who pleads with him to either defect to Marth's army or turn his blade against her. Due to his personal conviction to not harm women or children whom he encounters, he relents and agrees to aid Shiida's cause. He then helps Marth to bring the War of Darkness to an end, before vanishing without a trace. It is said that many imposters emerge in the wake of the war, attempting to profit from Nabarl's reputation.

Some time after the conclusion of the war, upon learning that Shiida is engaged to Marth, several Talysian clans rise up in revolt, embroiling the country in a civil war. The events of Downloadable Episode 3 of Shin Monshō no Nazo are then incited, where Nabarl, desiring to settle a score with Ogma, allies himself with a group of bandits. In the midst of duelling with Ogma, Nabarl is once again interrupted by Shiida, who swoops into the scene and puts an end to the fight, thereafter persuading him to aid her in her cause of defeating the bandits in the immediate vicinity. Upholding his policy of not harming women and children yet again, Nabarl relents, muttering that neither he nor Ogma is capable of turning her down. After the battle concludes, Nabarl vanishes without saying a word to his comrades.

War of HeroesEdit

Nabarl returns in Chapter 7 of Book 2 of Mystery of the Emblem, where it is apparent that he has once again resorted to banditry, this time lending his blade to Dahl's band of thieves, who are responsible for looting the Fane of Raman. Upon encountering the dancer Feena, however, he quickly decides to betray them, assuming the role of her bodyguard. Marth's army soon catches up with the pair, and Nabarl will enlist in its ranks once again, helping it to end the War of Heroes. He vanishes thereafter, and against his wishes, Feena makes the decision to tag along.

PersonalityEdit

Cold, calm and aloof, Nabarl is depicted as the stereotypical lone wolf, where he has the tendency to work alone and entirely out of his own personal motivations. He has not, however, completely abandon his humanity, a fact that is evidenced through his resolve to not reign harm upon both women and children and instead seek to protect them. His actions in all the games that he appears in prove as much; In Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, he defects to Marth's army on Shiida's behest due to not wanting to harm her; in Book 2 of Mystery of the Emblem, he defects from Dahl's thief band to protect Feena; in Akaneia Saga, he protects Lena from a bandit and lends his blade to her cause.

Nabarl is not one to display his emotions very readily, as his interactions with various characters prove; his speech is one that comprises of one-liners and short phrases, distinctly failing to betray any feelings that he may be experiencing when conversing with others. His base conversations with Feena in Shin Monshō no Nazo, for one, sees him repeatedly rejecting her advances, using harsh, firm words in an attempt to dissuade her from continuing to hound him.

Nabarl is not completely devoid of the ability to express his emotions, however; through his base conversations with the Avatar in Shin Monshō no Nazo, for instance, while he does start out being rather inhospitable to them, he eventually relents and chuckles in response to their earnestness in attempting to convince him to walk the path of honesty. Yet another instance illustrating this takes place in Episode 3 of Akaneia Saga, where Rickard teases Nabarl by establishing that he has a soft spot for women with pleasing countenances, to which Nabarl, visibly flustered, stutters in response.

In GameEdit

Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no TsurugiEdit

RecruitmentEdit

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Navarre Mercenary 3 Soothsires Starts out as an enemy unit; talk with Shiida.

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class
FE1 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenary
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res Move
3 19 5 9 11 Varies 9 6 0 7
Weapon Starting Items
Sword Kill Sword


Growth RatesEdit

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
90% 50% 40% 50% 40% 30% 10% 0%

Promotion GainsEdit

Promotion Gains
Item Required Promoted Class Level Str Skl Spd Wlv Def Res Mov
Hero Proof FE1 Hero Map SpriteHero 1 +4 +6 +4 +2 +3 +0 +0


Fire Emblem: Mystery of the EmblemEdit

RecruitmentEdit

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Nabarl Mercenary 3 Soothsires Starts out as an enemy unit; talk with Shiida.

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Nabarl Mercenary 7 Altea Automatically from the start.

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class
FE3 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenary
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res Move
3 19 5 9 11 8 9 6 0 7
Weapon Starting Items
Sword FE3KillSwordKill Sword

Starting Class
FE3 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenary
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res Move
8 23 9 16 16 7 11 8 0 7
Weapon Starting Items
Sword FE3KillSwordKill Sword


Growth RatesEdit

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
90% 50% 40% 50% 60% 30% 20% 3%

Promotion GainsEdit

Promotion Gains
Item Required Promoted Class Level Str Skl Spd Wlv Def Res Mov
Hero Proof (FE3)Hero Crest FE3 Hero Map Sprite Hero 1 +2 +2 +2 +0 +2 +3 +0

Support RelationshipsEdit

Supports
Character Bonus
Feena 10%


Fire Emblem: Akaneia SagaEdit

RecruitmentEdit

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Navarre Mercenary 3 Good Thieves Automatically from the start.

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class
FE3 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenary
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res Move
3 20 5 9 11 8 9 6 0 7
Weapon Starting Items
Sword FE3 Iron SwordIron Sword



Fire Emblem: Shadow DragonEdit

RecruitmentEdit

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Navarre Myrmidon 3 Soothsires Starts out as an enemy unit; talk with Shiida.

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class
FE11 Myrmidon (M) Map SpriteMyrmidon
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Move
3 19 5 0 9 11 8 6 0 7
Weapon Starting Items
FE12 SwordSword - C FE11killingedgeKilling Edge


Class SetsEdit

Class Sets
Base Classes Promoted Classes
-

Promotion GainsEdit

Promotion Gains
Item Required Promoted Class Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Def Res Mov Weapon Ranks
FE11mastersealMaster Seal FE11 Swordmaster (M) Map SpriteSwordmaster 1 +6 +2 +1 +2 +2 +2 +3 +1 FE12 SwordSword +75

Growth RatesEdit

Default
Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 30% 0% 40% 50% 40% 10% 0%
Reclassing Options

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 35% 0% 45% 35% 40% 20% 0%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
70% 30% 0% 40% 50% 40% 15% 0%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 30% 0% 40% 55% 40% 15% 0%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 10% 35% 40% 40% 40% 0% 10%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 5% 25% 40% 45% 40% 0% 20%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 5% 15% 35% 45% 40% 0% 30%

Support RelationshipsEdit

Supports
Character Initial points Total points for
C B A
Ogma 0 5 11 18
Supported by
Character Initial points Total points for
C B A
Caeda 0 5 10 16
Ogma 0 5 11 18
  • To increase support levels, characters must participate in chapters together
  • One support point is gained for each chapter they both participate in
  • Support levels that require 35 chapters cannot be reached normally
  • Characters must be within a three tile radius of each other to receive support bonuses

Bonuses per level:


Fire Emblem: Shin Monshō no Nazo ~Hikari to Kage no Eiyū~Edit

RecruitmentEdit

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Nabarl Myrmidon 7 Altea Automatically from the start.

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Nabarl Myrmidon 3 Good Thieves Automatically from the start.

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Nabarl Myrmidon 3 Bandits Starts out as an enemy unit; speak with Shiida.

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class
FEDS Myrmidon Map SpriteMyrmidon
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Move
8 23 9 0 16 16 7 8 0 7
Weapon Starting Items
FE12 SwordSword - C FE11killingedgeKilling Edge


Starting Class
FEDS Myrmidon Map SpriteMyrmidon
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Move
3 21 8 0 12 12 5 6 0 7
Weapon Starting Items
FE12 SwordSword - C FE11ironswordIron Sword


Starting Class
FEDS Myrmidon Map SpriteMyrmidon
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Move
8 23 9 0 16 16 7 8 0 7
Weapon Starting Items
FE12 SwordSword - C FE11steelswordSteel Sword


Promotion GainsEdit

Promotion Gains
Item Required Promoted Class Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Def Res Mov Weapon Ranks
FE11mastersealMaster Seal FEDS Swordmaster (M) Map SpriteSwordmaster 1 +6 +2 +1 +2 +2 +2 +3 +1 FE12 SwordSword +75

Class SetsEdit

Class Sets
Base Classes Promoted Classes
-

Growth RatesEdit

Default
Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 45% 0% 50% 70% 70% 20% 5%
Reclassing Options

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 50% 0% 55% 50% 70% 30% 5%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 45% 0% 50% 65% 70% 25% 10%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 45% 0% 50% 70% 70% 25% 0%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
70% 25% 30% 50% 55% 70% 0% 20%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
70% 20% 20% 50% 60% 70% 0% 30%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
70% 20% 10% 45% 60% 70% 5% 40%

Support RelationshipsEdit

Supports
Character Conversations Total points for
C B A
Ogma None 5 10 16
Samto None 5 10 16
Feena 1, 2, 3 5 10 16
Supported by
Character Conversations Total points for
C B A
The Avatar 1, 2, 3 5 10 16
Marth None 5 10 16
Ogma None 5 10 16
  • To increase support levels, characters must participate in chapters together
  • One support point is gained for each chapter they both participate in
  • A hyphen (-) indicates the support level cannot be reached
  • Characters must be within a three tile radius of each other to receive support bonuses

Bonuses per level:

Support ConversationsEdit

Number Importance Name Chapters Needed Reward
166 * Navarre and the Avatar 1 3 -
167 * Navarre and the Avatar 2 6 -
168 * Navarre and the Avatar 3 10 Speed BondSpeed Bond
340 * Navarre and Feena 1 3 -
341 * Navarre and Feena 2 6 -
342 * Navarre and Feena 3 10 Speed BondSpeed Bond
  • To obtain the conversations, characters must participate in chapters together
  • The requirements for unlocking support conversations are separate from the support bonus system


Fire Emblem: AwakeningEdit

SpotPassEdit

Starting Class Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Move
Swordmaster 20 55 27 7 42 43 35 20 17 6
Skill Weapon Starting Items
Avoid +10Avoid +10
Vantage (Kakusei)Vantage
Astra (FE13)Astra
Sword Expert IconSwordfaire
RidefasticonTantivy
SwordIconFE13Sword - A Killing Edge FE13 IconKilling Edge*

*Enemy only; joins unequipped.

OverallEdit

Although Nabarl usually has a fair bit of advantage in terms of his high Speed and HP, his poor Defence growth can make him somewhat fragile. His high Skill allows him to attack with superb accuracy and inflict frequent critical hits, and this is only amplified by his Speed, which often enables him to attack twice. It is also a good idea to let Nabarl retain the Killing Edge that he comes equipped with at the beginning of the games that he appears in, as he tends to make good use of it.

Giving Nabarl a Seraph Robe will speed up his level ups, as he will be able to kill more enemies without dying (this holds especially true if the arena is utilised). His Strength and Defence will remain consistently 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. While his critical hit percentage will not rise as much as it does for Swordmasters in other titles in the series, the ready availability of Killing Edges after the mid-game point offsets this, allowing him to deal frequent critical strikes, which will almost always defeat his enemies.

EndingEdit

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the EmblemEdit

Book 1Edit

Mysterious Swordsman

"He ignored the expectations of others and left like the wind."

Book 2Edit

Scarlet Swordman

"He ignored the hopes of others, and once again left like the wind."

Fire Emblem: Shadow DragonEdit

Silent Sword

"Nabarl vanished after the great struggle, but for years, impostors appeared, hoping to profit from his reputation the world round."

Fire Emblem: Shin Monshō no Nazo ~Hikari to Kage no Eiyū~Edit

Scarlet Sword

"Ignoring the expectations of others, Nabarl disappeared like the wind once more."

QuotesEdit

Recruit ConversationEdit

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.

Death QuoteEdit

“Heh....Pathetic.”
—Navarre's death quote in Shadow Dragon

“.....fools....”
—Navarre'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.

ArchetypeEdit

Nabarl jump-started a trend of dangerous sword-users who usually appear early on in any given title as enemy units, and can be convinced to defect to the player's army. Nabarls usually wield weapons that exponentially increase their critical rates, and are commonly believed by most fans to be worth the effort of recruiting. Plot-wise, Nabarls usually maintain some kind of relationship with either the Lena or the Julian character, alongside possessing a warrior's spirit and upholding some form of code or policy in the actions that they engage in. Before they join the player's army, they may have served as a mercenary for bandits. Like Ogmas, they usually fade into obscurity in the epilogue.

List of NabarlsEdit

Notable characters befitting Nabarl's archetype include:

Non-Canon AppearancesEdit

AnimeEdit

Some light on Nabarl's past is shed in the anime adaptation. A scene featuring him tormented by a nightmare that sees a woman being killed is enacted in Episode 2. It is highly likely that Nabarl's policy on not killing women and children stems from this memory. Throughout the anime adaptation, Nabarl appears to display few to no emotions.

MangaEdit

In Volume 8 of the manga adaptation, it is revealed that Nabarl was orphaned when he was a child, later becoming a swordsman after the church master who raised him was killed by bandits. Nabarl would come to avenge this church master by personally slaying the bandits responsible for his death in return.

Super Smash Bros. BrawlEdit

Sticker InfoEdit

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary
Nabaaru
Nabaaru SSBB Sticker
Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo Trophy Stand Drops +22

EtymologyEdit

The 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.

TriviaEdit

  • In Mystery of the Emblem, Nabarl's portrait features him wearing ear piercings.
  • Nabarl is the only Akaneia Series character who makes a cameo in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Known as Nabaaru in this appearance, this name is never reused in either the European or the North American version of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.

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