“What next, child of fate? You slipped my grasp at the border, but now you run straight to my snare. Despite the bungling of that useless Berkut… Tsk, no matter. All will be mine soon enough. I’ll not let the likes of Jedah claim a bearer of the Brand. The power of such a soul could grant me life eternal!”
Nuibaba is an enemy character from Fire Emblem Gaiden. A dreaded arcanist who has recently allied with the Duma Faithful, she is known as the mistress of Fear Mountain who sold her soul for the power of Medusa. She is 124 years old according to internal data for Echoes.
In the past, Nuibaba was a pretty young girl who lived happily with the man she loved. However, one night she was attacked by bandits who left a hideous wound on her face, causing the man to start avoiding Nuibaba in favor of her younger sister. Growing tired of her presence, the man and the younger sister lured Nuibaba deep into the woods and pushed her off a cliff. As Nuibaba lay dying, Medusa, attracted to the scent of death, appeared before her and the two formed a contract. Restored with the promise of a longer life, she took revenge upon the two who betrayed her.
Secluding herself to the woods, she became obsessed with power and beauty, eventually becoming a Witch, and kidnapped numerous beautiful Rigelian women for several years, sacrificing them to keep her longevity and youthful beauty.
Tormenting the locals in her vicinity alongside Jerome, she kidnapped a young girl named Tatiana, whom not only did she plan on sacrificing to Medusa, but also was kept captive as a means to force Zeke into fighting for the Rigelian army alongside Jerome.
Such lust for power drew her attention to Alm’s brand, believing that such power would grant her everlasting beauty and true immortality. Planning to stir up Berkut’s fiery spirit against Alm, as Alm's forces approach the western sluice gate, she appeals to him with an offer of aid as he seeks to redeem himself in the eyes of Emperor Rudolf. Berkut rejects Nuibaba's direct assistance, but she gives him a special mirror that he is to shatter in a time of desperation, an act he would eventually do, only to fail.
Afterwards, she tried to lure Alm to her abode by using a phantom of the person he desired most, which appeared to him as Celica. She is ultimately defeated by Alm and his forces, thus ending her machinations as well as freeing Tatiana and ultimately allowing Zeke to betray Jerome.
*Due to equipped Mage Ring
“Come close... Let me share with you death's embrace!”
—Battle quote in Echoes
- "Now sleep!"
- "Excited yet?!"
- "I think not!"
“Ahhhh... It cannot be... I won't be...”
—Death quote in Echoes
When translated from Japanese, "baba" or "婆" can translate as "old woman" or more crudely, "hag."
- Nuibaba's gender was unspecified in the Japanese script for Gaiden, though in some fan translations the character was referred to as male. However, in Fire Emblem Echoes, Nuibaba is established as female.
- Furthermore, Nuibaba's physical appearance also changed drastically between her original appearance and the remake. In Gaiden, she appears in a heavy cloak, with wrinkled skin that appears snake-like. In Echoes, she has a more youthful appearance, the snake-like traits are exchanged for horns and pointed ears, and her attire is more revealing. Also, while both versions hide one eye from view, in Gaiden, one eye is obscured by her cloak, while in Echoes, she wears a partial mask over her face.
- Nuibaba was an Arcanist in the original game, but changed to a Witch in the remake.
- Unlike the other named Witches, Arcanists, and Cantors, Nuibaba got her power from selling her soul to Medusa rather than Duma or being sacrificed by someone else. This is reflected further in Echoes, as Nuibaba's skintone and eyes are noticeably different from the Duma Faithful.
- Nuibaba shares her English voice actress, Cindy Robinson, with Awakening's Libra and Aversa.
- In Echoes, Nuibaba's motivations seems to be an allusion to Elizabeth "the Blood Countess" Báthory, a Hungarian noblewoman accused of having killed thousands of young women to bathe in their blood and keep herself young.
- The statue in the Altar of the Sorceress DLC bears a resemblance to Nuibaba.
- In the Gaiden novelization, Nuibaba is male. He is killed by Zeke during the duel between Nuibaba and Alm.