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- Not to be confused with Shura, who is known as "Ashura" by some Japanese name-related sources.
|“||Ashera is neither kind nor loving to the beings of this world. Neither is she holy nor base, angel nor devil. She is...restriction. Order. Stability. Past. Certainty. Restraint. She is Ashera.||”|
Ashera (Japanese: アスタルテ Astarte) is the Goddess of Order and the patron deity of the continent Tellius. Originally one half of the Goddess of Dawn, Ashunera, she was formed when Ashunera split her emotions from herself; these emotions took the form of Yune, the Goddess of Chaos and Ashera's counterpart.
Ashera was originally Ashunera, the Goddess of Dawn, and is the form taken by Ashunera in the aftermath of the Tellius's Great Flood; on the advice of Lehran and others (though they would later consider it a bad idea), Ashunera cast away her emotions entirely, which took the form of the chaos goddess Yune, while Ashunera herself thus became Ashera. Ashera wished to destroy Yune entirely to erase her own chaos, but on Altina and Lehran's advice she consented to have Yune imprisoned in a medallion, although even this slowly drove Ashera toward being cold and unfeeling.
Lehran again tried to appeal to Ashera to restore Yune to herself, again without success. Instead, Ashera arranged a covenant with Lehran, Altina, Soan and Dheginsea: she and Yune would enter a deep sleep for one thousand years, and if upon awakening the beorc and laguz had built a lasting peace and put an end to war, the two would reunite into Ashunera; however, if they failed to do so, she would rain divine retribution for the people's sins upon them. She also granted them the right to awaken the goddesses prematurely if they succeeded or failed sooner than the thousand-year mark. With this covenant agreed to by the four representatives of the laguz and beorc, Ashera thus entered her long sleep within the peak of the Tower of Guidance.
In the years since her descent into sleep, Ashera displaced her original form as the guardian of Tellius in the eyes of its people, and came to be worshipped as a kind and loving goddess by the people of Begnion and other lands, with awareness of her true nature as being entirely cold and calculating becoming obfuscated. The Begnion ruling family also came to be comprised of the "apostles", descendants of Altina and (unknowingly) Lehran gifted with the ability to hear Ashera's voice as she slept, or so the empire's mythology claims; it is uncertain how true this actually was, as Micaiah - the most recent known descendant - instead heard Yune's voice throughout much of her life.
Ultimately, Ashera would never even reach the thousand-year threshold, as she was awoken only 780 years later in the year 648. Her awakening was triggered by the galdr of release performed by Micaiah and Sanaki at the peak of the war between Begnion and the laguz, as planned by Lehran. Lehran advised her that the past centuries had been dominated by war and so her covenant with the people of Tellius had been broken, and so Ashera handed down her judgement despite the full term not being met. She unleashed a wave of power which froze almost every beorc and laguz in Tellius, accidentally sparing only those in Yune's presence and all Branded.
Aware as she was of the presence of those who survived her judgement, these being Ike, Elincia and Micaiah's parties, she freed a small number of Begnion soldiers and politicians to form an army for herself, the Disciples of Order, to eliminate them before they could have a chance to confront her; none of the Disciples, including their leader Lekain, were made aware of Ashera's true nature and were misled into believing it was Yune who petrified the world. The Disciples failed consistently and only ended up dead, and so Ashera resurrected them from the dead over and over to ceaselessly bombard Ike's company as they prepared to scale the Tower of Guidance.
Once they reached the tower's peak, Ike's company confronted Ashera and unsuccessfully convinced her to stand down. Yune attempted to explain to her how the evolution of the Zunanma's descendants, namely the Branded, meant the people of Tellius had a chance to grow into something even better and more decent, but Ashera maintained that the chaotic nature of people and their evolution without her guidance was a threat in need of destruction. With their pleas falling on dead ears, Ike's party thus engaged Ashera in battle, defeating the auroras shielding her and the elemental spirits in her service. Ike dealt the final blow backed with Yune's power, thus defeating Ashera. Ashera dissipated and vanished completely, her judgement at an end.
Thousands of years later, Ashera and Yune would ultimately reunite to form Ashunera once more.
Ashera is the final boss of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, fought in the fifth stage of the Part 4 Endgame. She starts the battle shielded by eight auroras, who must be defeated before Ashera herself can be attacked. The only way to defeat Ashera is for Ike to land the killing blow with Ragnell, otherwise she will regenerate immediately after reaching 0 HP.
Personality and character
As a result of expunging her emotions, Ashera is absolutely neutral in terms of personality. As the personification of order, she has come to view Tellius's sapient species as inherently chaotic to the point of jeopardizing her world, and that the only way for the world to survive is for the beorc and laguz to be erased completely and for life to start over. She believes she needs to be absolutely perfect in order to protect her world, and views her emotions - and thus Yune - as unstable, a hindrance and a legitimate threat to the world as a result of the Great Flood, and thus firmly believes they are too dangerous to be allowed to exist, although as far as Ashera is concerned, sealing them away is the same as destroying them completely.
Ashera is absolutely certain of all decisions she makes, and swaying her into changing her mind is exceedingly difficult; the only known instance of this happening is when Lehran convinced her only to leave Yune imprisoned rather than to destroy her, to which she agreed only because of Lehran's record of being a wise disciple to her.
|“||You would face me in battle? I need no further evidence of your kind's imperfections. This will hardly be a battle at all. Simply an end. Perish, flawed one.||”|
— Ashera, in the Part 4 Endgame of Radiant Dawn.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Ashera||From Asherah, a mother goddess who was revered in numerous ancient Middle Eastern religions as the goddess of fertility and motherhood.|
|Japanese||アスタルテ||Officially romanized as Astarte. From Astarte, the Greek name given to the ancient Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar.|
|Spanish||Ashera||As in English.|
|French||Ashera||As in English.|
|German||Ashera||As in English.|
|Italian||Ashera||As in English.|
- "Yune: That was Ashera’s doing. It was her judgment upon this world.
Sanaki: Nonsense! Holy Ashera would never harm us! She protects us at all times and guides us toward the right path.
Yune: You’ve got it all wrong, little meatling." - Yune and Sanaki, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Lehran: Good morning to you, my goddess.
Ashera: What has happened? A thousand years have not passed. Why am I awoken early?
Lehran: Indeed, my goddess. You have been asleep for 780 years. During that time, the world kept its promise to you for a mere two hundred years, at best. It was as you said. Neither the laguz nor beorc could resist the urge to fight. They are too weak. Though there are 220 years left until the thousandth year, there is no longer any need to wait.
Ashera: Is that so? That is your analysis? Then I shall pass down my judgment. I will save them from themselves." - Lehran and Ashera, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Blessed servants of the goddess! I bring dire news. The dark god has awakened and made its wrath manifest in stone. All of us were turned to hard rock by its evil power, yet we stand here today, made flesh again by the power of the goddess! Why is that? It is because we are the chosen ones! Go forth, Disciples of Order! Deliver her divine judgment upon the dark god and those who worship it!" - Lekain, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Yune: These soldiers… We’ve killed them already. They’ve been reborn in flesh but not spirit.
Sanaki: Brought back from the dead…
Elincia: A miracle of the goddess…
Caineghis: A blasphemy, you mean! How could the goddess of order violate the most fundamental natural law?" - Yune, Sanaki, Elincia and Caineghis, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "The children of this world are born of chaos, and nothing could be more uncertain. The world does not require the evolution of man. My responsibility is to protect order, the balance of all life-forms. Beings that evolve without my guidance will only destabilize and threaten this world." - Ashera, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Even so, I will not return Yune to this body. She is unstable, and I must be perfect in order to protect this world. It is as I have said, Yune must be destroyed." - Ashera, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Lehran, you have ever been a wise and kind- hearted child. In deference to you, I will place my faith in your kind one last time." - Ashera, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
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