Naga (alternatively translated Narga in Fire Emblem TREASURE) is a recurring character in the Fire Emblem series, specifically the Archanea and Jugdral Series. The leader of the Divine Dragons, her sympathy for humanity and great power led to her often being hailed as a deity by humans.
Golden Age of Dragons Edit
Several thousand years before the calendars were made, Naga was the ruler and strongest of the Divine Dragon tribe, the mightiest dragons in the continent of Archanea. Together with the other dragon tribes, they created a vast kingdom and were the rulers of the continent.
Naga had two close comrades who gained her favor, being Duma, the Kingshield that protected Naga with his military might, and Mila, the Kingsgrail, who blessed the land with her magic to bring about prosperity.
Eventually Naga and the dragons bestowed knowledge to new species known as humans, allowing them to advance and soon create their own civilization called Thabes. However, Duma would soon grow paranoid of the humans for amassing too much power and sent his soldiers to Thabes, resulting in its destruction in three days with survivors fleeing.
Learning of this, Naga grew furious at Duma, resulting in the two to clash violently. Mila sided with her brother, causing Naga and her forces to battle the siblings for nine long days, resulting in catastrophic damages across the land, and ended in Naga's victory. However, during the battle, Naga had been injured and her fangs had splintered, scattering across the realm.
For their crimes, Naga banished Duma and Mila, but out of mercy, gave her fang, carved into a blade called the Kingsfang, later renamed the Falchion, to Duma before he departed. Only those with the blood of the Divine Dragon within them can draw out the full power of Falchion.
Naga, taking the form of a young maiden, was one of the dragons who blood-bonded with the Twelve Crusaders during the Miracle of Darna, specifically Saint Heim, who would wield the tome named after her. Heim and the Book of Naga would prove to be crucial in the defeat of Loptous and his then-present host, Galle XVII, with her power being the only hope of truly piercing that of Loptous. As a result of this blood bond, Naga's holy blood was passed on through the descendants of Heim, the ruling dynasty of Grannvale.
Official developer notes later reveal that Naga transferred her will into Heim with the Book of Naga , similar to what Loptous did with Galle, and later Julius, and what Forseti would later do with Lewyn. This possession proved that, with Naga as the leader of the dragons, her human vessel would be the leader of the Crusaders.
When Dragons began to decline, Naga proposed it was because Dragons were destined to fade in place of humanity, and it was now the duty of Dragons to guide them. Obeying the advice of the Dragon tribe Elders, Naga and all of the Divine Dragon tribe sealed their power in stones, and became Manaketes. However many dragons did not heed this warning, and started degenerating. Led by many in the Earth Dragon tribe, many dragons began attacking humanity out of spite for dragonkin's decline.
With the help of the rest of the Divine Dragons, Naga took the part of protecting mankind from the Earth Dragons, waging a fierce war against them. Though the battle was fierce, Naga had emerged victorious, and sealed the Earth Dragons below Dolhr in a deep sleep. Naga then forged the Shield of Seals from one her own fangs to ensure the Earth Dragons would never awaken from their slumber, and ordered the surviving Earth Dragon prince, Medeus, to guard the seal. Naga also at some point created the sword Falchion from yet another one of her fangs to ensure that humans would have a means of defending themselves against dragons in the future.
Shortly before her death in Thabes (according to the timeline at the end of the original FE3), she placed her newborn daughter, Tiki, into a deep sleep, as Naga feared Tiki's great power would cause her to go mad. She then entrusted fellow Divine Dragon Gotoh with the task of watching over humanity in her place and ensuring that Tiki did not go degenerate and annihilate humanity. Thus Gotoh was tasked with keeping Tiki asleep at all costs, particularly if the Shield of Seal's decision was lost.
In the remake, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, the new addition of Nagi is hinted to be a reincarnation of Naga, if not Naga herself. Nagi bestows a weaker version of the Falchion upon Marth, attempting to make up for the original one that he did not possess. Medeus later further implies that Nagi is the reincarnation of Naga, stating that he is not the only Manakete resurrected. Nagi's ending title in the Japanese version of the series is that of the "Divine Dragon King's Incarnation", further supporting this point.
Long after the events of Marth's saga, Naga eventually bestowed her power upon the First Exalt to defeat the Fell Dragon Grima, with most descendants of Ylissean royalty, as with Heim's descendants, bearing Naga's Holy Blood as the Brand of the Exalt (Mark of Naga in the Japanese version) on their body, as part of their inheritance.
By the time of Awakening, because of her role in sealing the Fell Dragon, she is considered a god, hailed as the benevolent Divine Dragon who protected mankind, with the formation of Ylisse centered around worshipping her. This extends even to the few remaining manaketes, as Nah's supports with Male Morgan declares she's considered a deity to them, with her even praying to Naga and occasionally getting an answer.
After Grima's resurrection, Chrom arrives at Mount Prism to perform the Awakening. Chrom's will is tested and is accepted by Naga, who unlocks the Falchion's true power, allowing it to become the Exalted Falchion. When questioned if this will grant him the power of a god, she admits that neither she nor Grima are gods to the party, with her title being mankind's doing. She also reveals that even with her blessing imbued on the Falchion, it will only seal him for another thousand years after weakening him and using the blade in the final blow, with the only method to truly end Grima being he himself causing his demise, which he would never do willingly. Without much time to delve further, Naga points them to Origin Peak where Grima is quickly regaining power.
Upon arrival at the peak, Naga reminds them that she cannot kill Grima, to which the Avatar finishes that she can only seal him. Naga confirms this, calling the Avatar "Fellblood", due to the Avatar possessing power similar to Naga’s own, and knowing of the Avatar's origins. The Avatar then realizes that, because of their link to Grima, if they deal the final blow, Grima can be killed once and for all, as it would be the same as being killed by his own hand. Hearing that, Chrom realizes that they can end the battle at last, but Naga warns them that such a thing would have dire consequences: Because Grima and the Avatar are linked to such a degree, killing Grima like that would most certainly kill the Avatar as well. Though she adds that the bonds that the Avatar forged can possibly return the Avatar to the mortal plane, the odds are so infinitesimal that the most likely result was the Avatar ceasing to exist in the process.
After defeating the last few Plegians, Naga explains that Chrom must strike at the nape of the neck, where Grima is weak at, but Grima will have forces ready to protect that area. Naga then offers to send everyone onto the Fell Dragon’s back for their final battle, only for him to severely weaken the army and pull the Avatar into a void after doing so. After the Avatar breaks free from the void, Naga uses her powers to restore the army strength and they engage Grima in battle. Naga leaves the final decision to slay Grima to Chrom and the Avatar. Regardless of choice, Naga will thank Chrom and the Avatar for ending Grima's impending destruction of the world.
The Future PastEdit
In the Future Past DLC chapters, the Outrealm Naga is killed by Grima, through unknown means. The Naga of the current world summons Chrom and his army to assist 12 children on their quest to recover the Fire Emblem and the 5 gemstones so they can defeat Grima once and for all. After recovering the Emblem and the Gemstones, Lucina is able to perform the ritual. However as Naga is dead, Tiki, who was previously killed by Grima, becomes the new Naga of that realm. When the Awakening is performed, Tiki accepts Lucina's will and unlocks the Falchion, allowing her to seal Grima once more.
While Naga only directly appears in Awakening, it can be said that she possesses a great love for humanity, yet is also considered as distant and almost cold by human standards, as despite her sincere desire to protect humans to the point of granting them power numerous times, she never was too fond of interacting directly with them, unless it was truly needed. This is best understood when Naga had told Forseti that it would be silly to remain in Jugdral when the latter desired to do so to protect the humans.
Said love for mankind tends to partially cloud her judgement at times, as some of her decisions can be considered extreme and questionable, such as a willingness to kill her own daughter if it meant protecting humanity, should Tiki succumb to degeneration like the other dragons. Despite being advised not to follow this line of reasoning, Naga had still put her daughter into a long sleep that was never meant to be broken.
Contrary to most other Manaketes, Naga appears to be surprisingly humble, to the point where although she is worshiped as a deity, she acknowledges she is nothing more than an exceptionally powerful Manakete.
In the original Archanea Series, Naga is referred to as male, even being depicted as a blonde warrior in the opening cutscenes of Mystery of the Emblem, with the item description of the Falchion states that the sword is "a gift from the Divine Dragon King." However, Naga never made a direct physical appearance in a male form, and while the personal terms used for Naga by Xane and Gotoh are masculine in English as well as Japanese, the word "King" is gender neutral in Japanese, making its gender ambiguous.
Naga has had more evidence of being female as Nagi, a female Manakete, is said to be a reincarnation of Naga and even has the power to create a Falchion much like the original Naga. Naga's appearances in Genealogy of the Holy War and Awakening show a female Naga. In Echoes, in the Duma amiibo dungeon, Naga is referred to using female pronouns, though she does not make a direct appearance. It is possible that when Naga was depicted as a male warrior god it could be because humans depicted Naga as a god and had no way of knowing Naga's actual gender. Alternatively, the male warrior god depicted in Mystery of the Emblem could have been a vessel of Naga's, and not Naga herself. Similar to how Heim came to be such a vessel himself.
It is possible the differences about Naga in Awakening is due to not being the original, as she's never referred to as Tiki's mother in the game and The Art of Awakening saying her connection to the original Naga is unknown.
Another potential reason for this discrepancy in gender is revealed via the Future Past DLC storyline in Awakening where Naga may be simply a title, given to a Divine Dragon who has ascended and taken on the role of spiritual guardian of the world. This adds more ambiguity to Naga's character, implying that the "Naga" throughout history could very well be differing individuals. Tiki's actions during The Future Past 3 exemplifies this, when Tiki took the role as the new Naga of the world for the alternate future.
While Naga herself does not make a physical appearance, it is mentioned she played a role in the game's distant past. When Gharnef and Medeus originally threatened Archanea, she helped seal Gharnef away by taking the drastic measure of cleansing the world of all Performa in order to prevent his escape and Medeus's resurrection. In doing so, she also eliminated the performing arts from her world.
During the final boss fight of the game, Tiki calls upon Naga to grant her power to assist the player using the 'Naga's Blessing' skill which fully restores each member's HP.
Naga is illustrated in the trading card game with the following cards:
The Nāga is a group of serpent deities in Hindu and Buddhist mythology, and usually assume the form of a king cobra. Nāga may also refer to an ordinary snake, or even a tribe of people. A female Nāga in deity form is known as a nāgī.
- Although this is not explicitly stated in Path of Radiance or Radiant Dawn, the character Kurthnaga's name is derived from a combination of both Naga and Prince Kurth's.
- The King of the Emiyu in the backstory of TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga appears to be based on Naga.
- In Awakening, Naga shares her English voice actress, Mela Lee, with Tiki.
- According to Xane, Naga died when she was approximately 5000 years old.