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(Japanese: ダーナ Darna) is a fortress city located in the midst of the Aed Desert in Jugdral. An oasis amidst a harsh desert, Darna is considered a sacred site in Jugdrali culture, as it is where the Miracle of Darna took place.
Late in the regime of the Loptrian Empire, Darna Fortress was the headquarters last refuge of the revolution against the Empire's grasp, and by Grann 632 the dwindling remnant of the rebellion had barricaded itself within Darna, knowing they were only delaying their inevitable defeat. Their fortunes changed with the descent of Naga and eleven other dragons upon Darna, an event known as the Miracle of Darna; the dragons conferred their powers upon twelve of the warriors within, transforming them into the Twelve Crusaders.
Following the Loptrian Empire's downfall and the rise of the modern nations of Jugdral, Darna came to be regarded as a holy site by Jugdral's people, particularly in Grannvale. As such, in Grann 757 when reports arrived in Grannvale of an assault on the city by the armies of Isaach (in reality, only the handiwork of Rivough), Grannvale declared war on Isaach, a war which Isaach ultimately lost. In the aftermath of the Battle of Belhalla, the dancer Silvia left her children, Corpul and Lene, in the Darna convent before disappearing.
In the intervening years, Darna came under the leadership of Bramsel, a former merchant, referred to as the city's Count. Under Bramsel, Darna acted as a servant state to the Grannvale Empire. When Seliph's liberation army came to the Aed Desert, Bramsel sought to defeat him personally in a bid to win the bounty placed upon him, and so deployed his mercenary army following Seliph's capture of Fort Melgen, preying on Seliph's weariness from fighting both the Loptr Church at the Aed Shrine and Ishtore at Melgen. His bid failed, and Darna was seized by Seliph, where he learned from Lewyn the legend of the Miracle of Darna.
Characters from Darna
|The Count of Darna; a former merchant.||Genealogy of the Holy War|
|Daughter of Silvia; raised in the Darna orphanage.||Genealogy of the Holy War|
|Son of Silvia; raised in the Darna orphanage and later adopted by Hannibal.||Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776|
|A dancer raised in the Darna orphanage.
(Substitute character for Lene)
|Genealogy of the Holy War|
|Hannibal's adoptive son; raised in the Darna orphanage.
(Substitute character for Corpul)
|Genealogy of the Holy War|
Darna is one of the castles present in Chapter 7 of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. It is the third castle to be challenged in the chapter's course, with its army emerging following the capture of Melgen; before then, it is a neutral castle and travel to it is obstructed by guards posted near its borders.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|Darna||Used in the Genealogy of the Holy War fan translation and widely used in the fandom.|
|Japanese||ダーナ||Officially romanized as Darna. Possibly from the Tuatha Dé Danann, sometimes rendered in Japanese as ダーナ神族.|
- "The leader of Rivough... He's the one who besieged Darna, not my father." — Ayra, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- "Lene: So you're an orphan, too, huh... Do you remember any of your childhood?
Corpul: No, none of it. I guess I was just a baby when my father found me in Darna.
Lene: You were also in Darna!?
Corpul: You know Darna?
Lene: Yeah, I grew up at the convent in Darna. I must've been about two when a young lady, a dancer I think, left me at the convent. And that sort of explains why I became a dancer. I thought I might be able to find my mother someday if I did." — Lene and Corpul, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- "Count Bramsel over there at Darna Castle is the worst! He prances around like some king, as long as there's no Grannvale official's butt to kiss. Oh, how I wish somebody would put that disgusting man out of his misery!" — A villager, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War