“Heh. It's funny you should ask that... I'm not deluded enough to think that I can beat you. The goddess herself would hesitate to fight you. But my people are frozen solid, and I have to delude myself enough to think that I can help save them.”
—Naesala's quote before fighting Dheginsea in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Naesala (ネサラ Nesara) is a playable character and the main anti-hero from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He is the King of Kilvas, and is extremely devoted to the welfare of his nation, alongside the surviving members of the desecrated Heron clan.
Path of RadianceEdit
Naesala is first seen assisting several Daein troops in raiding a Begnion ship. It is revealed that his main goal is to attain treasure from the ensuing skirmish, as can be observed when he betrays his supposed allies and sends his men in to loot their vessel. Naesala later attends a meeting of the Laguz Kings, where his values and intentions are questioned by the other royals.
Naesala will then betray Reyson by selling him to Duke Tanas. While it is later revealed that Naesala had initially planned to rescue Reyson after gaining the trust of Duke Tanas, this plan of his is ruined when Reyson manages to escape from Duke Tanas' grasp.
In Chapter 19 of the game, Naesala will personally make an appearance on the battlefield to fight Ike's troops. After speaking to either Janaff or Ulki, he will learn that Reyson has joined Ike's army and that Leanne has been found alive. Naesala will then abandon his attempt to fight Ike's forces, thereafter personally approaching Reyson to seek his forgiveness.
Naesala appears in Chapter 28, where he disguises himself as a Daein soldier and rescues Leanne from Gritnea Tower. He then begrudgingly aids Ike's forces in laying siege on Castle Crimea after Nealuchi reminds him that Reyson and Leanne are counting on him to protect them.
In this game, Naesala appears to have rebuilt his friendships with Reyson and Leanne, though his scheming personality and looking out for his own country’s interests first and foremost remained unchanged since the Mad King’s War, and he continued to do things such as plunder Begnion’s merchant ships.
After the formation of the Laguz Alliance, Tibarn led his fellow hawks to attack Begnion supply convoys in order to disrupt the Begnion army from the sky, but Naesala tricks Tibarn and the Phoenicis army into attacking the Begnion Central Army instead of its supply convoy. This turned out to be a diversion to keep the king away from his country of Phoenicis, allowing the Begnion army to lay siege on the undefended country and massacre its civilians. This betrayal earned Naesala great resentment from Tibarn and all the other laguz.
However, it turned out these actions were not Naesala’s true intentions, and that he was forced to do them under the Blood Pact he was unwillingly a part of. The first king of Kilvas had signed one with the Begnion Senate in order to restore his country, and it passed down through the generations. It means that any king of Kilvas must obey the Senate’s will for the sake of their own countrymen.
However, it came to his attention that the contract’s owner was not the Begnion Senate specifically, but rather the Empire of Begnion as a whole. This means by deciding to obey Empress Sanaki instead, she outranked Lekain, thus enabling him to temporarily hold off the threat of the Blood Pact being broken, allowing him to free his countrymen from the reigns of the Senate.
After the goddess Ashera casts her judgment upon the continent, Naesala will make haste for the Tower of Guidance in the same group as Skrimir. Prior to the beginning of Chapter 4-P, Skrimir, who is unable to control his rage against Naesala for betraying the Laguz Alliance, will attempt to rip him apart. Leanne and Nealuchi will then step in to protect him, forcing him to take action and lift them up into the air from Skrimir's wrath.
If Naesala is brought into the Tower of Guidance, he will receive the opportunity to personally destroy the Blood Pact that binds him to Begnion's beck and call.
After the events of the game conclude, Naesala will abdicate his rule of the Raven clan, choosing to work as a diplomat for Tellius instead. If he shares an A rank Support with Leanne, the pair will be wed in the epilogue, bearing two children, a Heron girl and a Raven boy.
Throughout the events of both games, Naesala is portrayed as a cold, uncaring and narcissistic individual, evasive of ties to any of the other laguz clans, save for the Heron one. Despite this, however, he is extremely devoted to Kilvas, going so far as to commit constant acts of skullduggery against those who trust him for the sake of protecting his people and advancing the country. Ironically enough, this has caused Naesala to be commonly accepted as a strong leader and a good king by many of his peers, including the Apostle Sanaki herself.
Naesala later adopts a more self-deprecating attitude in Radiant Dawn, constantly putting himself down as being cowardly and unworthy of praise, despite his good intentions for his country and him truly being a good person at heart and self-sacrificing as well. This can be observed in a conversation he shares with Dheginsea when he engages him in battle, where he remarks that he is better at running away than standing his ground.
Of the three laguz chosen in the final chapter, Naesala is fairly difficult to use, having considerably less power than both Tibarn and Giffca. However, Naesala has blistering speed, allowing him to outspeed almost every enemy in the final chapter. He complements this with Vantage, allowing him to hit first at every time to supplement his already high avoid. However, Naesala's strength problems are still a major issue, especially on Hard Mode, when Ashnard is fought a second time with higher stats. Tibarn and Giffca hit noticeably harder than Naesala, which is very noticeable when it comes to fighting Ashnard and enemy Laguz Dragons (on non-Hard Mode). However, Naesala has a number of perks that distinguish him from the other two, though admittedly he does sacrifice a noticeable amount of power for them.
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Raven King (Untransformed)
Raven King (Transformed)
Strike - S
In this game, like other Royal Laguz Naesala is one of the most powerful playable Laguz characters. He is able to cap his Strength, Skill and Speed with relative ease, and occasionally his Defense and Resistance as well. As the mastery skill Tear operates on the workings of the Speed stat, Naesala is thus able to activate it fairly frequently, giving him the opportunity to ravage enemies on the battlefield.
Naesala joins only with an S-rank in Strikes, which gives him five more points of might than if it were an A-rank strike but five fewer points of strength than if he had an SS-rank in Strikes. Given Naesala's high HP and avoid, as well as his access to Formshift, he can grind weapon experience rather quickly to reach SS-rank and possibly reach it or come close to it before the endgame, but this will come at a cost of not granting much experience to other characters; however, unlike other Laguz royals, Naesala usually receives more than one experience point from killing enemies, meaning he himself will also level up a fair number of times if he attempts to get an SS-rank in strikes due to how he usually one-rounds all but the most durable of enemies.
Path of RadianceEdit
“Oof! Poor judgment abounds--on my part as well. Perhaps I'm not suited for charitable actions such as these. Well then, I'll take my leave...”
—Naesala's retreat quote
“N-no... This cannot be... Is this...my...fate? What of Kilvas-- (death animation happens, but he revives) Guaa... I was careless... and you're better than expected. To me, my brethren! We leave at once!”
—Naesala's defeat quote in Chapter 19
“Waugh...! I guess I won't see the end of this. Battles without rewards just aren't my thing. It's time for me to retreat~”
—Naesala's retreat quote
Part 4, Prologue
Naesala: Ah, this is... what some would call...a just reward...
Skrimir: Raven King! Open your beady eyes! Do you hear me, you winged jackal? You'll not die here. I have sworn to rip you limb from limb myself! Do you hear me?
Naesala: Quit your bellowing, you lice-ridden hairball. You're going to burst my delicate...eardrums...
- Sky's Shadow (闇に舞う翼 Yami ni mau tsubasa, lit. Wings Dancing in the Darkness)
Saved from the blood pact, Naesala left his people and their nation. He became a diplomat, finding atonement in work.
- A Support with Leanne
Leanne was united with Naesala, whom she had always loved. Together they raised a heron girl and a raven boy.
Naesala is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
- Naesala is recruited in Radiant Dawn with the Raven mastery skill Tear, despite the fact that he starts out at only Level 27.
- Naesala carries a Coin in his inventory in both Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn when recruited.
- In Radiant Dawn, Tibarn questions Naesala being suddenly announced to be first in line to succeed the throne of Kilvas. Although not directly stated, the Blood Pact signed by the previous king made this possible, as it killed off a vast majority of the members within the Kilvas royal family.
- In Path of Radiance, Nealuchi calls Naesala "Nestling".