|“||Who cares what the commoners do or think? Does the shepherd fuss when his sheep butt their heads against the fence post?||”|
Numida (Japanese: ヌミダ Numida) is a Begnion duke from the territory of Numida, and a member of the Begnion Imperial Senate. He was the appointed governor of Daein on behalf of Begnion in the years after its defeat in the Mad King's War, and under his guidance, his subordinate General Jarod led a brutal regime over Daein which was opposed by the Dawn Brigade.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- 3 Personality and character
- 4 Quotes
- 4.1 Battle quotes
- 4.1.1 Against Micaiah in Part 4 Chapter 3
- 4.1.2 Against Sanaki in Part 4 Chapter 3
- 4.1.3 Against Sothe in Part 4 Chapter 3
- 4.1.4 Against Skrimir in Part 4 Chapter 3
- 4.1.5 Against Naesala in Part 4 Chapter 3
- 4.1.6 Against Sigrun in Part 4 Chapter 3
- 4.1.7 Against Tanith in Part 4 Chapter 3
- 4.1.8 Against Edward in Part 4 Chapter 3
- 4.1.9 Against Leonardo in Part 4 Chapter 3
- 4.1.10 Against Nolan in Part 4 Chapter 3
- 4.1.11 Against Laura in Part 4 Chapter 3
- 4.1.12 Against Aran in Part 4 Chapter 3
- 4.1.13 Against Fiona in Part 4 Chapter 3
- 4.1.14 Against Stefan in Part 4 Chapter 3
- 4.1.15 Against the Black Knight in Part 4 Chapter 3
- 4.2 Death quotes
- 4.1 Battle quotes
- 5 Other appearances
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Etymology and other languages
- 8 Gallery
- 9 References
Governor of Daein
After Ike and the Crimean army defeated King Ashnard of Daein and ended the Mad King's War, Crimea chose not to take control of Daein for itself and handed responsibility over the country to Begnion. Begnion established an occupation garrison in Daein to secure the country. Numida was apppointed as the occupational governor of Daein, and Jarod was given leadership of the garrison itself under Numida's command. Under Numida's direction, Jarod established a series of labor camps and forced all adult Daein men to work in them, aiming to break them both physically and mentally to prevent the chance of them ever fighting back. This also led to poverty and starvation, as farms and other industries were no longer tended to.
Although the oppressive conditions he had instituted in Daein prompted rebellions and uprisings, leading to the rise of the Daein Liberation Army headed by Micaiah and Pelleas, Numida was entirely unconcerned until Jarod pointed out that, through news spreading of the resistance, their superiors in Begnion could find out about their abuses. To prevent this, Numida gave Jarod all the funding he needed to crush the Liberation Army as quickly as possible.
Through the efforts of Sothe and Tormod, the Begnion empress Sanaki found out anyway and formed an inspection team to confirm the abuses in Daein. Working with Lekain, Numida formed a plan to cover up his role in the Daein crisis and to pin the blame entirely on Jarod and his men, but this was foiled by Sanaki's appointment of Sephiran to lead the inspection team and her insistence on hearing the soldiers' side of the story. On Lekain's advice, Numida planned to have the entire occupational army silenced to permanently bury his links to the crimes in Daein.
After the awakening of Ashera and Yune, Numida became a leader in Ashera's Disciples of Order along with the other Begnion senators. He led an army of Disciples to attack the Silver Army, led by Micaiah and Sanaki, as they traveled through the Grann Desert to reach the Tower of Guidance. Numida died in this battle.
Personality and character
Numida has no regard for the wants or needs of commoners, believing that even when they resist him they deserve no attention, and only cares about their actions if they directly put him or his political career at risk. Like most senators, he took a particular distaste to Sanaki and Sephiran, and their insistence on undermining his schemes. He was cowardly and self-righteous, and often resorted to crafting elaborate lies to shield himself from blame and insist that he was in the right, even before anything actually went wrong. In his cowardice he rarely performed his own sinister deeds and insisted on letting others protect him and work for him while he remained at a safe distance.
|“||I don’t understand. Why would they fight against the vice-minister, chosen of Ashera? Are they somehow...deficient? You will perish for your defiance of the empire, vermin!||”|
— Numida, as the boss of Part 4 Chapter 3 in Radiant Dawn.
Against Micaiah in Part 4 Chapter 3
Numida: Who are you, girl?
Micaiah: Duke Numida! I will never forget your oppression of the Daein people, or your cowardly flight from justice!
Numida: Ah, you’re from Daein. you should know that I had nothing to do with that unpleasantness. That was all General Jarod’s doing.
Micaiah: General Jarod was a scoundrel and a fiend, but at least he had a soldier’s honesty in his villainy. You black-hearted senators nauseate me, weaving a dense tapestry of lies that you yourselves believe!
Against Sanaki in Part 4 Chapter 3
Numida: So, child, what the vice-minister said was true! Wicked infant! How dare you pretend to be divinely inspired while you heard absolutely nothing from the Goddess!
Against Sothe in Part 4 Chapter 3
Numida: Fool! Do you honestly believe that your dark god can triumph in the face of Ashera’s divine majesty?
Sothe: She’s not my dark god. To be honest, I don’t care about the gods. They have nothing to do with me.
Numida: What?! Then who do you fight for?!
Sothe: I fight for my family, and I fight against tyranny. That is enough.
Against Skrimir in Part 4 Chapter 3
Numida: Ahhh! What a fearsome beast! Only the dark god could create such a monstrosity!
Skrimir: What’s wrong, little beorc? frightened? If you cannot look upon me, you cannot hope to defeat me!
Against Naesala in Part 4 Chapter 3
Naesala: Duke Numida...I wonder why a coward like you was turned back from stone? Especially considering some of your more...impious transgressions.
Numida: W-what are you talking about? I am a Senator in high standing!
Naesala: My country provides me with excellent spies, your grace. I know every atrocity you committed while in Daein. I hold information that would ruin you if it were made public. It’s rather a shame all that work will be wasted, since this is the last day of your life.
Against Sigrun in Part 4 Chapter 3
Numida: It’s tragic, really, that the Holy Knights have wasted so much time and energy protecting a sham apostle! it’s not too late, you know, to align yourself with the true chosen of the Goddess.
Sigrun: The loyalty of the Holy Knights can only be commanded by one person, and that will never change. It is my duty and my privilege to execute her orders and destroy the enemies of the apostle!
Against Tanith in Part 4 Chapter 3
Tanith: I am second commander Tanith of the Holy Knights! Enemies of the apostle, beware!
Numida: How sad that you still put stock in your laughable infant of a holy figure. Fool!
Against Edward in Part 4 Chapter 3
Edward: This is for the free people of Daein! Haaaa!
Numida: Don’t you idealistic twits ever give up?
Against Leonardo in Part 4 Chapter 3
Leonardo: You crushed freedom in Daein for years! Do you even have a conscience?!
Numida: Daein gutter trash! I should have had you all killed when I had the chance!
Against Nolan in Part 4 Chapter 3
Nolan: No one escapes from their past, Numida. We all have to answer for our crimes one day. Today is that day for you.
Numida: Silence, cur!
Against Laura in Part 4 Chapter 3
Laura: You have caused more suffering than any being I’ve ever met. Did you not learn that the goddess will someday punish those who harm others?
Numida: Peasant! How dare you preach to me!
Against Aran in Part 4 Chapter 3
Numida: Aargh! Where are my guards? Why do I have to be the one to fight?!
Aran: That’s right, I remember who you are. You let others do your dirty work while you run for safety. Looks like you’re running out of places to run, Senator.
Against Fiona in Part 4 Chapter 3
Numida: Disciples of Order! Hurry up! Destroy them!
Fiona: Why would you want to step on the people of Daein? You are long overdue for justice. I truly feel blessed that I’ll be the one to give it to you.
Against Stefan in Part 4 Chapter 3
Numida: Wh-who are you?!
Stefan: I am the desert, and I brook no intrusion. Make peace with your goddess.
Against the Black Knight in Part 4 Chapter 3
Black Knight: Your time is done.
Numida: Damn you, ghost! If you had just stayed dead, I could have done whatever I wanted to Daein!
|“||What... What’s happening? Vice-Minister? I lost the battle...||”|
— Numida, as the boss of Part 4 Chapter 3 in Radiant Dawn.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Numida||Genus of animal whose only member is the helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris).|
|Japanese||ヌミダ||Romanized as NUMIDA in his internal file name.|
Numida's portrait in Radiant Dawn.
- "The northeastern nation of Daein lost a bloody war with neighboring Crimea three years ago. Crimea, however, abdicated its right to rule Daein and passed sovereignty of its former enemy to the powerful Begnion Empire." — Opening narration of Part 1 Chapter 1, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Daein’s future is now subject to the whims of the empire. Begnion’s occupation forces have gathered all Daein men of fighting age and put them to work in labor camps. Their work is brutal and void of purpose, designed to break both body and spirit. The remaining population faces poverty and starvation as the fields lie fallow." — Opening narration of Part 1 Chapter 1, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Jarod: And now, Marado betrays us as well? You are aware that riots broke out in three other regions yesterday, are you not? ...All quelled immediately, of course, but the unrest grows.
Numida: Who cares what the commoners do or think? Does the shepherd fuss when his sheep butt their heads against the fence post?
Jarod: Nevertheless, as the insurgence grows, news of it will inevitably reach Begnion.
Numida: Yes... I see what you mean. That would be...less than desirable.
Jarod: The Imperial Prime Minister Sephiran casts a grim eye on dishonesty. If he finds out what has been going on in Daein under our rule...
Numida: That would not be good. Sephiran’s persistent as a mosquito and quick to judge. Though you and I know I have been nothing but fair and just in my rule here...it’s best to avoid an inquiry.
Jarod: Which leaves us but one recourse... Crush the rebel faction before it grows larger. Exterminate them. Then the commoners, bereft of all hope, will turn their sheep eyes back to us and beg to rejoin the flock.
Numida: I see. Well, I leave the matter in your hands. What funding you need is yours.
Jarod: I’m glad we agree on this. Well then, pardon me, sir, while I tend to our little lambs on the loose." — Jarod and Numida, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Messenger: ...In light of which, Her Imperial Highness, Empress Sanaki, has conveyed to you this edict. Occupation forces are to hereby lay down all arms, convene in Daein Keep, and await the inspection team.
Messenger: Duke Numida maintains that your forces performed alleged abuses independently... in flagrant violation of his orders. The apostle, in her mercy, will hear your testimony. Do not abuse her magnanimous spirit...and lose your small advantage.
Jarod: Hah! What a magnificently ruthless maneuver. I didn’t know Numida had it in him. Disowning the entire occupation army...and framing me for their actions. Brilliant.
Alder: So then...the game is over. Might we at least drag Duke Numida down with us?
Jarod: Not a chance. We are proof that Duke Numida–and therefore the entire senate–is corrupt. No doubt they’ll work together to silence us. Besides, there’s more tantalizing prey than those tottering relics. If I’m to fall, so too should the one who upended our plans and drove us to this dead end... That girl.
Alder: Oh... I like that. Our final mission.
Jarod: You create a diversion with the troops tonight, after dark. And I will seek our target...the girl’s silver-maned head." — A Begnion messenger, Jarod, and Alder, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Numida: L-Lord Lekain...! What shall I do?!
Lekain: Duke Numida, my friend... I’m afraid you must sacrifice every last Begnion in the Imperial Occupation Army.
Numida: What? Th-that’s ridiculous! But...grrgh! Blast that spoiled brat and her cunning little schemes... You’ll regret this, Apostle Sanaki!" — Numida and Lekain, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Numida: Ah, you’re from Daein. You should know that I had nothing to do with that unpleasantness. That was all General Jarod’s doing.
Micaiah: General Jarod was a scoundrel and a fiend, but at least he had a soldier’s honesty in his villainy. You black-hearted senators nauseate me, weaving a dense tapestry of lies that you yourselves believe!" — Numida and Micaiah, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Numida: Aargh! Where are my guards? Why do I have to be the one to fight?!
Aran: That’s right, I remember who you are. You let others do your dirty work while you run for safety. Looks like you’re running out of places to run, Senator." — Numida and Aran, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
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