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Gáe Bolg (ゲイボルグ Gae Bolg) is the lance once wielded by Noba of the Twelve Crusaders, bestowed upon her at the Miracle of Darna after her blood-bond with a dragon. The Gáe Bolg is the property of Noba's descendants, the royal family of Leonster, and can only be wielded by those in possession of major Noba Holy Blood.
Before Quan and Ethlyn departed Lenster to assist Sigurd in his dealings with Verdane, Leonster's King Calf entrusted the Gáe Bolg to Ethlyn in case the situation got too out of hand. One year into Sigurd's occupation of Agustria, with King Chagall's launch of an assault on Sigurd's position at Agusty Castle, Ethlyn gave the spear to Quan, noting that she had been reluctant to do so because of its unfortunate history, the Tragedy of the Gáe Bolg. Quan used it in the fight against Chagall and the Orgahil pirates, and had it with him when he, Ethlyn, the infant Altena and the Leonster knights made their ill-fated journey through the Yied Desert. After Thracia's King Travant slew Quan and Ethlyn, he took the Gáe Bolg and Altena for himself.
Over the following years, Travant raised Altena as his own daughter; her inheritance of Quan's major Noba blood allows her to wield the Gáe Bolg, and so she used it in the service of Thracia, defending the country from Seliph's liberation army and later allying with him upon meeting her true brother Leif and being encouraged by her foster brother Areone.
Tragedy of the Gáe Bolg
The Tragedy of the Gáe Bolg is a prominent event which led to the schism of the Thracian Peninsula. According to the legend, following the foundation of Thracia, Noba married a fellow knight and a friend of her brother Dain, and the three peacefully ruled Thracia. This changed ten years after the foundation, when Dain and her husband entered a dispute over an unknown subject. The two turned to arms and Noba attempted to break them up, but instead killed her husband with the Gáe Bolg. This sparked Noba's suicide, Dain's mysterious demise and the secession of the Manster District from Thracia following the tyranny of Dain's son and successor.
In the following century, the Leonster royal family adopted a superstition dubbed the Curse of the Gáe Bolg, claiming that the lance brings both love and sorrow to its wielder and that it and its twin Gungnir cry for each other; for this reason, Ethlyn was initially hesitant to give it to Quan in Agustria, worried about the curse's potential repurcussions on their lives.
Genealogy of the Holy War
| SpotPass distribution
|| Available for download from August 30th, 2012JP/May 2nd, 2013US/July 25th, 2012EU onward.
|| Infinite Regalia, chosen at random from a pool of other items.
- Gáe Bolg's English name was leaked in the source code of the Awakening official website's page on SpotPass when it was updated on February 4, long before the lance itself was available in the game.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions
|| Definition, etymology and notes
|| Gáe Bolg
|| As of Fire Emblem: Awakening. From Gáe Bulg, a lance of Irish mythology wielded by the hero Cú Chulainn.
| Alternative Romanizations used prior to the English release of Awakening.
|| Officially Romanized as Gae Bolg.
- ↑ "A: Noba married a knight who was friends with her brother Dain and lived a happy life with him. One day, her husband and King Dain fought each other over some dispute. Noba tried to stop the two fighting, but accidentally killed her beloved husband (the weapon that took his life was her lance). That was the beginning of events, Later, Noba committed suicide and King Dain died a mysterious death." - Designers' notes from a Genealogy of the Holy War playing guide, as translated by Serenes Forest
- ↑ "Afterwards, within the Leonster Royal Family the legend was passed on that "the Earth Lance and Heaven Lance call to each other" and "the Earth Lance is a lance that causes love and sorrow"." - Designers' notes from a Genealogy of the Holy War playing guide, as translated by Serenes Forest
- ↑ Serenes Forest: Fire Emblem: Awakening - News - Official site updated (4th February 2013)