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Nohr (暗夜王国 Anya Ōkoku lit. Anya Kingdom, also called the Dark Night Kingdom in the Japanese version) is a nation in the western half of the continent in Fire Emblem Fates.

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The Kingdom of Nohr (highlighted area also encompasses the Kingdom of Nestra to the south)

The Kingdom of Nohr was founded by the humans loyal to the Dusk Dragon, who granted them land and its blood so they could harness the Dragon's Vein and land to build their country. Its capital is the city of Windmire, with the royal residence of Castle Krakenburg at its heart. Nohr is located west of Hoshido and the Bottomless Canyon, and north of Nestra. At least two tribes, the Ice Tribe and the Wolfskin, make their homes within Nohrian territory. Wyverns can only be found in Nohr.

In contrast to the lush, sunny lands of Hoshido, Nohr suffers from unusually poor weather conditions. Contrary to popular belief, the sun does occasionally shine over Nohr, but most of the time the skies are deeply overcast and stormy. The lack of sunlight fosters a tundra-like climate where only the hardiest plants can grow, resulting in continually poor crop yields and frequent food shortages. Law and order have also steadily eroded over the years despite the iron grip of the glory-seeking Nohrian monarchs. Consequently, most Nohrians remain indoors or underground; according to Shura, only "rich foreigners and idiots" travel above.

The line of succession seems to favor the eldest royal, regardless of gender. In case of death of the former, the crown goes to the next oldest. However, one can give up the title to another of the royal lineage if they desire to, as evidenced in Birthright.

HistoryEdit

Several years before the events of Fates, tension was high in the Nohrian Royal family after the death of Queen Katerina. King Garon had attracted many women throughout his life and many approached him in hopes of gaining favor with him, ultimately resulting in him fathering children from multiple concubines. Unfortunately, a power struggle ensured, leading to the concubines attempting to rid Garon of his other children in hopes of gaining favor with him through their own. However, not all of the royal children died due to this conflict; some of them were executed, taken by Hoshido, or killed in battle instead.[1] After many years of bloodshed, poisonings, and assassinations, only four children remained: Xander, Camilla, Leo, and Elise. These events eventually lead to King Garon becoming hardened and disdainful.

After Queen Katerina's passing, Garon was dishartened to the point where he vowed not marry again. That changed soon after however, and he married a second time, taking his wife's daughter as his own. It lasted shortly, with that wife dying as well, and embittering Garon further.

Relations between Nohr and its rival Hoshido were long fraught with tension, as Nohr envied Hoshido's bountiful lands. King Garon offered to meet King Sumeragi in Cheve, ostensibly to resolve the differences between their two nations. King Sumeragi brought the Avatar along with him, per Garon's request. However, this parley was merely a trap and King Sumeragi was ambushed and killed protecting the Avatar. The Avatar was kidnapped by King Garon and sent to the Northern Fortress to be raised in isolation, losing all memory of their time in Hoshido and their origins in the process. In retaliation, Hoshidan ninjas kidnapped the Nohrian princess Azura, daughter of Garon's second wife Arete, who hailed from Valla.

Over the following years, Nohr and Hoshido frequently skirmished, with all-out war prevented only by a magical barrier crafted by Queen Mikoto; the barrier caused any Nohrian soldiers who crossed it to lose their will to fight. To counter this, Nohr's mages created the Faceless, constructs of flesh who lacked souls and free will, allowing them to retain their aggression beyond the barrier and attack Hoshido. However, the Faceless lacked the intelligence and coordination of a human army, limiting the damage they could inflict. However, Mikoto was killed by a Hooded Man, destroying the barrier, and allowing for full-scale war between the two kingdoms.

BirthrightEdit

When war breaks out between Nohr and Hoshido, Nohrian forces quickly attempt to get a firm grip on several nations, but their attempts are repelled by the Hoshidan Army. The Avatar decides to capture Garon so they can negotiate for an end to the war, though this plan quickly fails as Zola, the Nohrian mage they had spared, betrayed them to Garon.

With no other choice, they decide to kill Garon after all the suffering he has brought to the people. The Avatar and the Hoshidan Army manage to infiltrate into Nohr by rushing one of the border forts, and attempt to make their way to the capital of Windmire.

Inside Castle Krakenburg, the Avatar encounters Elise, who joins them, as she does not like war. When they encounter Xander, he demands a fair one-on-one duel with the Avatar, who honors his request. In the ensuing duel, as Xander is about to kill the Avatar, Elise sacrifices herself, to everyone's shock. The Avatar later defeats Xander in their duel, though he dies of his wounds shortly afterwards.

The Avatar later confronts Garon and kills him in the ensuing battle. With Garon's death, the war is finally over.

As Xander was killed (he would be the next king after Garon), Camilla ended up being the new Queen of Nohr. However, she felt uncomfortable with such a position, and relinquished it to Leo.

ConquestEdit

When war breaks out, Garon sends the Avatar out on various tasks to firm Nohr's hold over several territories, such as the port town of Dia, Notre Sagesse, and stopping a rebellion in Cheve. The Avatar successfully completes all of these tasks, bringing more power to Nohr.

Garon later decides to invade Hoshido, and sends the Avatar and the Nohrian Army via boat. After a brief moment of respite in Izumo, the invasion continues as planned. The Avatar's army travels through the Eternal Stairway to reach Hoshido, as all other routes are heavily guarded. The Nohrian Army batters the Hoshidan Army and advance quickly into their capital city. They later besiege Castle Shirasagi. They defeat all the Hoshidans inside, resulting in total victory. Shortly after this, the Nohrian Army becomes split into two factions; due to differing views. The Avatar and their army easily overcome Garon's forces, and later confront him, where it is revealed that he is actually a monster. "Garon" is killed by the Avatar, though a possessed Takumi appears after "Garon" dies, resulting in another battle.

After this battle, the Avatar manages to sever the connection that an unknown entity had over Takumi, bringing his body to peace and finally ending the war. Xander is crowned king of Nohr, and relinquishes hold of Hoshido so the two nations can rebuild in a time of peace.

RevelationEdit

A truce between Nohr and Hoshido is made, with a treaty being made after by Xander and Ryoma.

Notable locationsEdit

Family TreeEdit

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Known people from NohrEdit

RoyaltyEdit

  • Avatar - Adopted prince/princess, a sheltered royal kidnapped from Hoshido at a young age.
  • Azura - Princess of Nohr and Garon's stepdaughter, kidnapped and raised by Hoshido.
  • Xander - The eldest prince of Nohr, a chivalrous and honorable Paladin who wields the legendary sword Siegfried.
  • Camilla - The eldest princess of Nohr, a motherly and merciless Malig Knight.
  • Leo - The youngest prince of Nohr, a studious Dark Knight who wields the legendary tome Brynhildr.
  • Elise - The youngest princess of Nohr, a cheerful and energetic Troubadour.
  • Garon - The cold and ruthless king of Nohr.
  • Katerina - King Garon's first wife, late queen of Nohr and Xander's mother.
  • Arete - Azura's mother and second wife of King Garon.

RetainersEdit

  • Jakob - An efficient but antisocial Butler serving the Avatar.
  • Felicia - A clumsy yet hardworking Maid in service of the Avatar.
  • Flora - Felicia's twin working for the Avatar, a skilled Maid with a cold disposition.
  • Gunter - The Avatar's caretaker, a strict and disciplined Great Knight.
  • Effie - Elise's subordinate, a protective and powerful Knight.
  • Arthur - Elise’s subordinate, an unlucky Fighter with a strong sense of justice.
  • Beruka - Camilla's subordinate, an emotionless Wyvern Rider and a former assassin.
  • Niles - Leo's subordinate, a flirty former Outlaw.
  • Peri - Xander's subordinate, a childish and bloodthirsty Cavalier.

Other NohriansEdit

EtymologyEdit

Anya literally means Dark Night in Japanese.

Nohr appears to be a deformation of the french word Noir meaning Black. This refers back to Nohr's other name, the Black Kingdom.

TriviaEdit

  • Nohr is based on feudal European kingdoms, but primarily draws certain aesthetic and cultural details, such as armor, architecture, and the emphasis on achieving glory, from the Roman and Greek empires. Furthermore, Stoneborn enemies have faces based on the Roman sculpture The Mouth of Truth, and the character of Xander is inspired by the legendary Alexander the Great, a Macedonian king and conqueror.
    • Other European elements vary, but include French etymologies (Nohr itself and several Nohrian characters) and Norse mythology (Nohrian divine weapons and several Tome names).
    • In addition to this, Nohr features themes reminiscent of Scotland, particularly noticeable in the soundtrack due to the music style, which includes bagpipes.
  • In-game, black roses represent Nohr.
  • All of the Nohrian royal siblings appear in classes with mounts.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fire Emblem Fates Drama CD

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