“Yes... I am half Dragon...so I grow slowly...”
—Sophia talking to Fae in a support conversation
Sophia (ソフィーヤ Sofīya, Sofiya in the Japanese version) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade who makes a minor appearance in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. She is a half-dragon girl from Arcadia.
Sophia was captured by Bern forces and sent to the same prison cell as Cecilia, where she treated the general's wounds using her powers. Aside from that, she can see the future, though not clearly. She then leads the Alliance army to Arcadia, in order to help the people there shake off Bern's invasion.
Though she has little background, in support conversations she speaks slowly, demonstrating her shyness. It is noted that she is very old, about one century of age. Sophia cannot transform into a dragon, even though she is half-human half-dragon, as she does not seem to possess a dragonstone.
Sophia makes a brief cameo in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, where she is looking for Athos and can have conversations with different members of Eliwood's army if the player visits the ruin village at the bottom right of the map. She also apparently knows Hawkeye, accidentally mistaking him for the Archsage like everyone else when he send Hawkeye to the ruins. Hawkeye asks her to tell his daughter that he will be home and she says she will.
The Binding BladeEdit
Dark - C
|Item Required||Promoted Class|
- See also: Sophia/Supports
Initially, once one sees Sophia's growths, which present notable advantages over Raigh's such as better Magic and Resistance, they may be inclined to believe that she has high potential as a unit... that is, until they see her bases. Simply put, they would be a hindrance on the first map, much less halfway through the game and during a Fog of War chapter. Simply carting her across the map to receive her Guiding Ring is a hassle, much less actually attempting to use her to inflict damage and therefore gain levels. Her Accuracy is abysmal, her Constitution ensures that even Flux slows her down and her Speed and Defense will never get better with a base of 4 and 1 and growths of 30% and 20%, respectively. It can be argued that even with her slightly above average growth rates, she fails to qualify for the Est archetype, due to the fact that her growths aren't explosively high like the other Ests and due to the presence of Zeiss in Binding Blade already, who already qualifies.
With all this in mind, it's clear that only in a casual run can she be made to reach her full potential, and even then, only with an inane amount of unnecessary effort. Even once she gets up in levels and promotes, she'll still be exceeded in many stats by her main competition, Raigh, such as in HP, Speed, Skill, Defense, Constitution and even Luck. Another problem for her presents itself in the form of Guiding Rings, which are very limited in supply in Binding Blade and therefore may be spent on another character able to make better use out of them, such as Saul or Raigh. Finally, the fact remains that even if she is successfully trained, there remains the unreliability of her growths, which are necessary to get her out of her terrible start; if she does happen to be screwed, scarce stat boosters will be the only way to salvage her.
To conclude, Sophia is, unfortunately, a poor unit in every sense of the word, even qualifying for top spot amongst the worst units in the series on many lists. While with enough effort, she CAN technically be used, it certainly isn't time and cost-efficient to do so, leading the vast majority of players to bench her after her join chapter concludes.
Tome - B
*Enemy only, joins unequipped
- Nabata Prophet
- A shaman of Nabata who has lived a sheltered life away from other people. Sees the future. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
|Name||SP Cost||Effects||Charge Cost||Rarity|
|Dragon Gaze||Grants +30% to Atk.||4||✯✯✯|
|Dragon Fang||200||Grants 50% to Atk.||4||✯✯✯✯|
|Warding Blow 1||50||Grants Res+2 during combat if unit initiates the combat.||✯✯✯|
|Warding Blow 2||1000 (Required: Warding Blow 1)||Grants Res+4 during combat if unit initiates the attack.||✯✯✯✯|
|Warding Blow 3||Grants Res+6 during combat if unit initiates the attack.||✯✯✯✯✯|
|Fortify Res 1||50||Grants adjacent allies Res+2 through their next actions at the start of each turn.||✯|
|Fortify Res 2||100 (Required: Fortify Res 1)||Grants adjacent allies Res+3 through their next actions at the start of each turn.||✯✯|
|Fortify Res 3||200 (Required: Fortify Res 2)||Grants adjacent allies Res+4 through their next actions at the start of each turn.||✯✯✯✯|
The Binding BladeEdit
“My future… holds no light…”
—Death Quote in The Binding Blade
“I can sense… a sad heart…”
—Final Battle Quote in The Binding Blade
Sophia - Nabata Prophet (ナバタの予言者 Nabata no yogensha)
- After returning to Nabata, Sophia disappeared. There are no records to what happened to Nabata after the war, so no one knows how Sophia led her life from then on…
- Roy With Sophia
- Sophia accompanied Roy to Pherae, where they married. Although she was never very talkative, her wise decisions played a major role in the reconstruction of Lycia.
Sophia is illustrated in the trading card game with the following cards:
Sophia is Greek for "wisdom". This was the name of an early saint who supposedly died of grief after her three daughters were martyred. Sophia also appears in the phrase Hagia Sophia (which means "Holy Wisdom"), which is the name of a large basilica in Constantinople. Her name in the Japanese version, Sofiya (София in Russian and Bulgarian, Софія in Ukrainian), is a Slavic variant of Sophia.
- Sophia is the only female Shaman in the GBA games, though she is not the only female Druid, as Niime is also in the same game.
- On the official Japanese website for Nintendo, Sophia won 10th place out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. The male-female vote ratio is 5:1. The voter comments seem to mostly focus on her shy, gentle, and quiet personality and the mystery surrounding her character.
- Sophia shares her English voice actress, Wendee Lee, with Veronica, Maria and Lyn in Fire Emblem Heroes.