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|“||I am the wind, a wind whose breath is meant to guide the warm radiance of light. And that light is there in the heart of each and every one of you.||”|
Forseti (Japanese: フォルセティ Holsety) is an ancient Archanean divine dragon. In the Miracle of Darna, he passed his power onto the sage Ced of the Twelve Crusaders, providing him with the wind tome which bears his name. In Silesse, the nation ruled by Ced's descendants, Forseti is revered as the "Wind God".
The Miracle of Darna
Forseti was one of the eleven dragons who joined Naga in coming to the aid of the people of Jugdral, after Naga had learned of the tyranny of the Loptrian Empire and the role of the rogue earth dragon Loptous in creating it. With the others, Forseti descended upon the fortress of Darna in the event which later became known as the Miracle of Darna. He underwent the rites of blood-bonding with the resistance fighter Ced, thus bestowing his power upon the human and transforming him into one of the Twelve Crusaders, and granted him a wind tome bearing his name to use in battle against Loptous. This wind tome carried not only Forseti's power, but also his passion and love for humanity, causing Ced to be strongly influenced by Forseti's persona and will.
In Grann 760, the Book of Forseti entered the possession of Lewyn, Ced's latest heir, and from the moment he received it Forseti's persona began to inhabit him. Lewyn later died in a duel against Manfroy in the Battle of Belhalla, but Forseti revived and possessed him. This act, one traditionally considered forbidden among the dragonkin, resulted in parts of Lewyn's original persona being irrevocably surrendered so Forseti could do what he had to, and so at the war's conclusion and Forseti's departure, Lewyn was incapable of returning to his original life as Silesse's king.
Seventeen years later, Forseti (in Lewyn's guise) acted as a guide to Seliph Baldos Chalphy in his revolution against the Grannvale Empire, advising Seliph on tactical matters and relating to him the true history of the Crusaders and Loptous, in order to ensure Loptous's downfall and the return of peace to Jugdral. Only at the end of the war did he reveal his true identity of Forseti to Seliph, before departing to go on an unspecified journey.
Forseti is technically a major character throughout the second half of Genealogy of the Holy War, owing to his possession of Lewyn; it is uncertain how much of Lewyn's dialogue is actually Lewyn himself and how much is Forseti speaking. If the player completes Genealogy twelve times, a scene is added to the opening demo reel in which Forseti, represented as a Sage, uses the Valkyrie Staff to resurrect Lewyn following his death at Manfroy's hands.
Personality and character
Compared to Naga, Forseti is somewhat younger and more idealistic. Whereas the majority of dragons are more reserved and conservative in their dealings with mankind, Forseti takes a keener level of interest and sympathy with the welfare and path of mankind. Had Naga not intervened, Forseti would most likely have chosen to live with mankind on Jugdral as their protector. Forseti's passion and love for mankind are imbued in the Forseti tome as a result; unlike the other Crusader weapons, this allows the wielder of the Forseti tome to inherit Forseti's will as well as his power, causing Forseti to influence their decisions at minimum or outright possess them at maximum. This effect on the wielder's personality is also why the Holy Blood line associated with the Forseti tome is named for Forseti himself, rather than the respective Crusader, as it is a facet all other holy weapons (save for the Naga and Loptous tomes) lack.
|“||I understand now... All my life, I've heard tales of how the dragonkin feared becoming entangled in the sorry affairs of mankind. But you were different... You guided us where your kin never would. So long as our world lives on, humanity will never forget your kindness... Lewyn... No... A hero of a distant land... Forseti of the Wind...||”|
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Forseti||As of Fire Emblem Awakening. From Forseti, a Norse deity of justice. Forseti was the son of Baldr and Nanna.|
|Holsety||Popularly known by this name prior to the English release of Awakening.|
|Japanese||フォルセティ||Officially romanized as Holsety. Misromanization of "Forseti".|
Forseti reviving Lewyn in the opening demo Genealogy of the Holy War.
- "Although he wished to remain in Jugdral and continue to protect its people directly, he was discouraged from this by Naga, and so returned with the other dragons to Archanea. Even so, the Book of Forseti and the will it embodied ensured that through its wielders, Forseti continued to have a presence in Jugdral in some fashion." - Designers' notes from a Genealogy of the Holy War playing guide, as translated by Serenes Forest
- "I already mentioned previously how the Forseti tome would have a strong effect on the the user's will. As soon as Lewyn obtained the Forseti tome from his mother, Queen Rahna, his body already contained another person's persona. The question of who Lewyn from the 2nd half is doesn't have a clear answer, but compared to the previous Lewyn his personality has undergone an obvious change. Even whether Lewyn's own persona is alive or not is unclear." - Designers' notes from a Genealogy of the Holy War playing guide, as translated by Serenes Forest
- "This means that there's no doubt that the Lewyn in the second half is basically the same person as Lewyn in the first half. However, he's given a part of himself to Forseti... And, when the Holy War ends, Forseti actually leaves, but because of the exchange, Lewyn can't live as Lewyn so to speak, and cannot retain his original existence so he cannot go back to Silesse and take the crown.
That is why this part is a discordance where the dragon race who had a law to not intervene with the human race did what they are usually not supposed to do--saving a person who was supposed to die." - Interview from Fire Emblem: Treasure, as translated by Serenes Forest
- "...Well, Seliph, I hate to say goodbye, but it’s time for me to go on my journey, too." — Lewyn/Forseti, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- "Forseti was younger and held a higher level of good will and sympathy for the humans compared to other dragons. If he had the chance, he would even reside at Jugdral and protect the humans there. However, he was convinced by Naga that it was silly to stay, so he had no choice but to return to Archanea. Still, his passion and will was inherited strongly within the wind magic tome Forseti. For this reason, the humans who inherit the Forseti tome inherit Forseti's will as well as his power." - Designers' notes from a Genealogy of the Holy War playing guide, as translated by Serenes Forest
- "As for the other 10 weapons, when they pass on their power to their successors, they do not affect the user's personality. This is why within the Genealogy of Gods, there are 10 holy weapons whose name does not match up exactly with their god." - Designers' notes from a Genealogy of the Holy War playing guide, as translated by Serenes Forest
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