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Zola (ゾーラ Zōra) is a non-playable character in Fire Emblem Fates on both routes. A mage of Nohr, Zola possesses the special ability to assume and alter the appearances of others. He is voiced by Hisashi Izumi in the Japanese version and by Liam O'Brien in the English version.

ProfileEdit

BirthrightEdit

Zola makes his first appearance in Chapter 9, where he imprisons Duke Izana of Izumo and thereafter disguises himself as the duke. Under the pretext of treating the Avatar and Sakura to a rejuvenation treatment, Zola then lures them into a makeshift execution room, intending to end both of their lives. Before his plan comes to fruition, he is stopped by Hinoka, Kaze and Azura after Hinoka believes that Izana's goofy demeanour contradicts his royal status. Cornered by the Hoshidans, Zola casts a smoke spell and attempts to flee in the midst of their confusion. Just as he escapes the throne room, Leo intercepts him and prepares to execute him for cowardice. In the nick of time, the Avatar arrives on the scene and manages to convince Leo to spare Zola. Having nowhere to go, Zola decides to accompany the Avatar, aware that he is no threat to them without an army at under his command. The Avatar allows him to stay, provided that he does not do anything to endanger the Hoshidan army.

After the party holds off an invisible attack at sea in Chapter 11, Takumi is ambushed by an invisible soldier. Zola pushes him out of the way and bears the brunt of the attack, an act of honour that earns him the favour of the Hoshidans.

Later in Chapter 12, Zola employs his shapeshifting magic on Azura in order to disguise her as Layla, a dancer whom Garon particularly favours. Zola terminates his spell after Azura completes her performance for Garon, an act that reveals him to be a spy for Nohr. Despite proving himself to be completely untrustworthy, Zola unexpectedly pleads with Garon to spare the Avatar. Zola pays dearly for this decision of his, as Garon regards it as an act of treason, executing him before the eyes of both the Hoshidans and Elise.

ConquestEdit

Much like in Birthright, Zola again imprisons Izana and assumes his appearance in Chapter 18. When Ryoma talks with the Avatar and Xander in private, Zola has Ryoma thrown into the dungeon, much to Xander's surprise. Zola drops his Izana disguise temporarily to tell Xander about his plan, and leaves to execute the Hoshidan siblings. Xander, not wanting to win the war in such a dishonorable way (and also noting that it would violate Izumo's neutrality pact), goes off to stop Zola's plan with the rest of the Avatar's army.

After his plan fails, Zola begs for mercy, but his pleas fall on deaf ears as Leo executes him as a means of preventing him from speaking of the Nohrian siblings' involvement in preventing the capture of the Hoshidan siblings.

RevelationEdit

In Chapter 10, Zola again imprisons Izana and disguises himself as the duke. On this route, Zola completely fails to dupe the Avatar thanks to Gunter's ability to see through his illusory veil. Zola proceeds to encase the entire village of Izumo in a thick glacier, forcing the Avatar and their army to fend against the strategically hidden foes and eventually take him down. After Zola's defeat, he runs into the Izumo castle and takes Sakura hostage, attempting to use her as leverage for self-preservation. However, much like in the Birthright and Conquest routes, he is stopped by Leo who proceeds to execute him for his cowardly behavior.

PersonalityEdit

Zola, on the surface, is a cowardly man, willing to deceive others and dutifully obeying the commands of those who wield great power over him. He is willing to do whatever it takes in order to attain the desires of those whom he has pledged his allegiance to, going so far as to take hostages in order to ensure his continued survival. Without the watchful rule of a superior over him, Zola is pitifully weak, incapable of making calculated decisions for the sake of subsistence.

In Conquest and Revelation, Zola is executed by Leo, but in Birthright, he is spared death for a short amount of time, allowing more dimensions of his personality to be unveiled. On this route, Zola is portrayed as one who is capable of expressing his gratitude towards those who have provided him assistance in his time of need, even if they are his enemies. This fact is supported by his decision to plead for the Avatar's life at the cost of his own.

In-GameEdit

As an EnemyEdit

Birthright Chapter 9 - Land of GodsEdit

Starting Class
FE14 Zola Dark Mage Map SpriteDark Mage
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
13 35 5 12 12 13 1 10 16 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

(None)

FE14 Tome Tome - C

FE14Tome Fimbulvetr
Master Seal FE13 Icon Master Seal (Dropped)

Starting Class
FE14 Zola Dark Mage Map SpriteDark Mage
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
13 35 5 14 12 13 1 10 16 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

(None)

FE14 Tome Tome - C

FE14Tome Mjölnir
Master Seal FE13 Icon Master Seal (Dropped)

Starting Class
FE14 Zola Dark Mage Map SpriteDark Mage
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
13 35 5 14 12 13 1 10 16 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

(None)

FE14 Tome Tome - B

FE14Tome Mjölnir
Master Seal FE13 Icon Master Seal (Dropped)

Conquest Chapter 18 - Black & WhiteEdit

Starting Class
FE14 Zola Sorcerer Map SpriteSorcerer
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
5 37 0 23 15 16 7 16 21 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Flowing Strike (Skill)Duelist's Blow

FE14 Tome Tome - B

FE14Tome Nosferatu
FE14Tome Fimbulvetr
10,000G (Dropped)

Starting Class
FE14 Zola Sorcerer Map SpriteSorcerer
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
5 40 0 26 15 18 7 17 23 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Vengeance (FE13)Vengeance
Even IllusionEvenhanded
Flowing Strike (Skill)Duelist's Blow

FE14 Tome Tome - B

FE14Tome Nosferatu
FE14Tome Ragnarok
10,000G (Dropped)

Starting Class
FE14 Zola Sorcerer Map SpriteSorcerer
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
5 40 0 26 15 18 7 17 23 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Vengeance (FE13)Vengeance
Even IllusionEvenhanded
Flowing Strike (Skill)Duelist's Blow

FE14 Tome Tome - S

FE14Tome Nosferatu
FE14Tome Ragnarok
10,000G (Dropped)

Revelation Chapter 10 - Voice of a GodEdit

Starting Class
FE14 Zola Dark Mage Map SpriteDark Mage
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
14 30 5 13 11 12 2 9 16 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

(None)

FE14 Tome Tome - C

FE14Tome Nosferatu
Master Seal FE13 Icon Master Seal (Dropped)

Starting Class
FE14 Zola Dark Mage Map SpriteDark Mage
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
14 32 5 17 15 13 6 11 18 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

BindHeartseeker

FE14 Tome Tome - C

FE14Tome Nosferatu
Master Seal FE13 Icon Master Seal (Dropped)

Starting Class
FE14 Zola Dark Mage Map SpriteDark Mage
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
14 35 5 19 15 13 6 13 20 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Devilish WindMalefic Aura
BindHeartseeker

FE14 Tome Tome - B

FE14Tome Nosferatu
Master Seal FE13 Icon Master Seal (Dropped)

QuotesEdit

Chapter 9 (Birthright)Edit

“Ah, I see you're ready to die. I'm going to enjoy this!”
—Zola's pre-battle quote in Chapter 9 of Birthright

“Urgh... What was I thinking...”
—Zola's defeat quote

Chapter 18 (Conquest)Edit

“Why are you fighting this?! I am not your enemy, those Hoshidans are! I act only for the glory of Nohr! Why is this happening? WHY?!”
—Zola's pre-battle quote in Chapter 18 of Conquest

“I must...r-report back... to King...Gar...on...”
—Zola's defeat quote

Chapter 10 (Revelation)Edit

“Mwe-hehehehe! You can't possibly defeat me!”
—Zola's pre-battle quote in Chapter 10 of Revelation

“Gah! I can't believe it! Was your weakness an illusion?”
—Zola's defeat quote

“Ugh...Lord/Lady Avatar...please forgive me...”
—Death quote in Chapter 12 of Birthright

TriviaEdit

  • Zola retains his Dark Mage outfit in his appearance as a Sorcerer in Conquest Chapter 18. While this may be purely for the aesthetic reasons, it could also imply that Zola is not ranked very highly in the Nohrian army.
    • Interestingly, this contrasts Iago's scenario, where he is depicted donning a more complete and ornamental version of the Sorcerer outfit. He can even wield Staves, a trait that is shared by no other known Sorcerer.
  • Zola has unused blushing graphics within the game's resources, a trait that is shared with Iago, Hans, Mikoto, and Garon.

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