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Johalva (Japanese: ヨハルヴァJohalva) is the youngest son of Duke Danan of Dozel. Along with his elder brother Johan, he served his father in the Grannvale occupation of Isaach, presiding over Sophara Castle. He came into conflict with his family over the rise of Seliph's liberation army in Isaach, or rather over Larcei/Radney, one of its warriors.
When Seliph commenced his fight to liberate Isaach, at first Johalva and his axe warrior unit remained stationed as a defensive perimeter surrounding Sophara Castle; once Ganeishire fell to Seliph, the order came through from Danan for both him and Johan to attack, to which Johalva agreed despite his misgivings about fighting Larcei/Radney. Upon encountering Larcei/Radney, he was swayed to side with Seliph's army, provoking Johan; otherwise, when Johan was recruited to Seliph's side, Johalva was provoked by him getting to Larcei/Radney first, and died in battle with Seliph's army.
Before recruitment, Johalva is the boss of Sophara Castle. He starts the chapter as a neutral unit who doesn't move, and becomes an enemy and launches an attack once Ganeishire Castle has been seized. The player has a choice of recruiting either him or Johan; the brother not recruited remains a boss and must still be fought. If recruited, Sophara Castle becomes a partner castle, and any surviving members of the Sophara army become partner units.
In contrast to Johan, Johalva is more down-to-earth and straightforward: he presents himself as being rough-hewn and seeks to protect that image, but has no interest in the bullying tactics of his father. A decent person unlike his father, he refused to follow through on performing the more heinous activities of the Grannvale occupation such as the child hunts, and was consistently frustrated by Danan's constant bending over backwards to accommodate the will of the Loptr Church. Even so, he saw himself as nonetheless culpable for the misfortunes of Isaach, seeking to atone by joining Seliph's army. For much of his life, Johalva held a rivalry with Johan and the two constantly quarreled, fuelled partially by their mutual interest in Larcei/Radney; their rivalry ultimately resulted in the two going head to head as enemies.
Johalva was initially listed as Lucharba on the Fire Emblem Heroes Choose Your Legends poll. This was corrected to Iucharba a few days in.
Etymology and other languages
Names, etymology and in other regions
Definition, etymology and notes
• Johalva • Johalvier
•Used in the Genealogy of the Holy War Reparation fan translations. •Used in the Project Naga fan translation
Officially romanized as Johalva. Likely named in reference to Iucharba, a figure of the Tuatha Dé Danann in Irish mythology whose siblings were Iuchar and Brian. Romanized instead as Yohalva in the Super Tactics Book.
↑"Larcei/Radney: Hmph. Johalva, you've got your rough image to protect, but you can't be all that bad. At least, I was relieved that you never hurt any of the women or children. I wish we didn't have to fight... Johalva: Yeah. Well, I was never into pushin' people around like my brothers." — Larcei/Radney and Johalva, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
↑"And I've had about all I can handle of the Loptyrians. People say they've been sacrificing children right here in Isaach. My father just lets them walk all over him. I've had it with them!" — Johalva, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
↑"Johan is the lord at Isaach Castle, and Johalva is the lord at Sophara. They both have a thing for Larcei/Radney of your army. Always quarreling those two...But they're both basically good boys. I bet they'd even join up with you all." — An Isaach villager, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War