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|“||Grannvale rests in the centre of the Jugdral continent and was founded by Saint Heim, one of the 12 Crusaders.||”|
— Opening of the Prologue
The Kingdom of Grannvale (Japanese: グランベル王国 Kingdom of Grandbell), known as the Empire of Grannvale (Japanese: グランベル帝国 Empire of Grandbell) during the reign of Arvis, is one of the nations of Jugdral, occupying approximately the center of the continent. It is bordered by Agustria to the northwest, Verdane to the southwest, Miletos to the south, the Manster District to the east and the Yied Desert to the northeast. Grannvale is a kingdom comprised of six satellite duchies surrounding the center of power, the capital Belhalla.
- 1 History
- 2 Notable locations in Grannvale
- 3 Gameplay
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Etymology and other languages
- 7 References
Grannvale itself was founded by Saint Heim of the Twelve Crusaders in Grann 649 following the downfall of the Loptyr Empire, with six other Crusaders - Baldur, Blagi, Ulir, Fala, Tordo and Neir - founding its six duchies. The descendants of each Crusader continued to rule their duchies in the following centuries.
In the year 757, Grannvale initiated a war against Isaach in retaliation for a perceived assault by the nation upon the sacred site of Darna. Grannvale ultimately won the war, but between it and the internal strife it faced with the actions of Sigurd of Chalphy and the machinations of the dukes Reptor and Langobalt, it emerged a thoroughly changed nation. The crown prince Kurth was assassinated by Langobalt, who framed Sigurd for the crime, and so following the death of King Azmur, the throne was succeeded by Lord Arvis of Velthomer through his marriage to Azmur's newly-rediscovered granddaughter Deirdre.
With the continent unified under his leadership, Arvis reorganized Grannvale into an empire with himself as its first emperor, by popular demand of the people of Grannvale. At first, the Grannvale Empire was a peaceful, if constraining, nation, until rule of Grannvale was seized from Arvis by his son Julius, the human host of Loptyr. Julius twisted Grannvale into a malevolent dictatorial force and entrusted the Loptyrian order with important roles in its governance, seeking to restore the Loptyr Empire. In response to the tyranny, in Grann 777, Sigurd's son Seliph emerged from exile in Isaach and led a liberation army across Jugdral, culminating in the deaths of Arvis and Julius and the end of the Empire's control of the continent. In the aftermath of the war, Seliph assumed the title of King of Grannvale, as the eldest child of Deirdre.
Notable locations in Grannvale
The capital of Grannvale and its seat of power, for most of its history Belhalla - and in turn, Grannvale - has been ruled by the descendants of Saint Heim. Following the Battle of Belhalla, the throne was ascended by Arvis of Velthomer, who in turn ultimately lost power to his son Julius.
The duchy founded by the Crusader Ulir. Throughout the decades of conflict, it was plagued by resentment and infighting among its scions, starting with the murder of Lord Ring at the hands of his son Andorey.
The duchy founded by Saint Blagi of the Crusaders.
Grannvale is the subject of the Prologue and Endgame of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. The Prologue is set in the southern region of Grannvale, featuring Chalphy and Jungby as allied castles, and the Endgame encompasses the entirety of Grannvale save for Jungby Castle.
Genealogy of the Holy War castle data (Prologue)
|Jungby||Partner||1||Midayle||Seized by the enemy at the start of the turn 1 Enemy Phase|
|Evans||Enemy||32||Gerrard||Army originally led by Gandolf, who leaves at the beginning of the turn 1 Enemy Phase after seizing Jungby.|
Genealogy of the Holy War castle data (Endgame)
|Dozel||Enemy||8||--||Eight Dozel Dark Mages are deployed at the chapter's start. The remainder of the Dozel army emerges after Edda has been seized.|
|Friege||Enemy||0||--||The Friege army emerges after Dozel has been seized.|
|Velthomer||Enemy||0||--||The Velthomer army emerges after Friege has been seized.|
|Belhalla||Enemy||0||--||The first group, the Dark Mages near Friege, are deployed after Dozel has been seized. The remainder, led by Julius, are deployed once Friege has been seized.|
Map of Grannvale from Genealogy of the Holy War.
The coat of arms of Belhalla (and by extension, Grannvale) from the TCG.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Grannvale||As of Fire Emblem Awakening.|
|Japanese||グランベル||Officially romanized as Grandbell.|
- "The intense battle over control of the capital sent most of the powerful lords to their grave. Only Lord Arvis's plan went without a hitch as he successfully gained full control of the kingdom. After overthrowing the two opposing kingdoms, Silesse and Leonster, Lord Arvis unified the continent. And with the overwhelming support of the people, he became the first emperor of the Grannvale Empire." - Opening narration of Chapter 6, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- "15 years have passed since Lord Arvis unified the continent. The early days of the empire weren't actually all that bad. Initially, Emperor Arvis applied constitutional law to govern the people. It was a bit constraining, but it was a peaceful time in Judgral's history." - Lewyn, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War