- This page is about the cult that worships Grima, for the chapter in Fire Emblem Awakening that is named after this cult, see The Grimleal.
|“||Followers of the fell dragon, Grima. The selfsame dragon the first exalt defeated a thousand years ago. Even today there are some who yearn for the fiend's return.||”|
The Grimleal rose with Grima himself as his supporters and servants, and following Grima's defeat at the hands of the first Exalt of Ylisse, the Grimleal remnants founded Plegia and established their religion as the religion of the nation, fixated on one day ensuring Grima's return. They worship Grima as the God of Annihliation, and believe he must be given blood sacrifices. At some time after the Schism and the breakage of the Fire Emblem, Plegia and the Grimleal took possession of the gemstone Sable, which they came to see as "protecting" it from being used to reassemble the Fire Emblem, an artifact with a treacherous reputation to Plegia owing to its role in defeating Grima.
As the state religion of Plegia, Grimleal adherence was mandated by law under King Gangrel. Its stated the religion was popularized more then ever before by Gangrel.  Yet most ordinary citizens do not hold Grimleal beliefs, believing in other gods and living in fear of Grima.  King Gangrel himself later theorized that the Grimleal members were driven to the faith to find solace from his despotic rule. In the intervening millennium, the Grimleal constantly worked toward breeding a viable human host for Grima, with the lineage of the cult's eventual leader Validar the consistently failed lineage of these efforts, until Validar's child proved a worthy vessel. Grimleal are eager to laydown their life, and give up their spirits as nourishment for Grima. It appears they've sacrificed themselves to Grima for years. 
1,000 years after Grima's defeat, Plegia started a war against neighboring Ylisse, using the alleged atrocities of its former exalt as a pretext. When Plegia lost the war, its subsequent turmoil and despair of Gangrel's death drove more of it's citizens than ever to the Grimleal as a form of solace, resulting in a further bolstering of the cult's ranks, as planned by Validar.
In the aftermath of the war between Ylisse and Valm, Validar used his child to wrest possession of the near-completed Fire Emblem from Ylisse's Prince Chrom, after luring him into a trap by offering Sable. After completing the Emblem himself, he readied the Awakening to revive Grima. All Grimleal adherents, save Validar and Aversa, who helped prepare the ritual, were summoned as if by hypnosis to the Dragon's Table as self-sacrificial offerings to strengthen Grima and fuel his return. Though Robin resisted Grima's possession and Validar was killed by Chrom's army in an ensuing battle to stop Grima's revival, a power-deprived incarnation of Grima from another timeline appeared to continue the Awakening, consuming the people of Plegia and restoring himself to his full power.
In an alternate future in which Grima successfully dominated the world, the Grimleal mostly no longer existed in light of the near-extinction of humanity, with the majority of Grima's will in the pursuit of survivors performed by Risen. The few actual humans in his service, including alternate versions of his human host's biological child, were still referred to as Grimleal, and he still spoke of the organization as if it existed.
|A dark mage who wishes to architect the world's end.||Awakening|
|A cruel, high-ranking Plegian officer with a sultry aura who is secretly a pawn of the cult.||Awakening|
|The self-styled "Mad King of Plegia". He is officially a member of the cult, but does not truly follow their beliefs.||Awakening|
|The Valmese Empire's cold and calculating tactician and a Grimleal double agent. ||Awakening|
|A Cunning Plegian General who serves a dual role as a Grimleal priest.||Awakening|
|A priest with fanatical reverence for Grima.||Awakening|
|A Grimleal thug who kidnaps and sacrifices villagers.||Awakening|
|A Valmese Grimleal who used to work for Walhart.||Awakening|
|A Grimleal priest who kidnaps and sacrifices villagers.||Awakening|
- Sources differ on how the Grimleal was popularized under Gangrel's rule:
- Gangrel says in his supports that citizens likely joined the cult due to rebel against the oppression from his barbaric rule.
- Aversa claims that Gangrel's death drove the mourning people to the Grimleal, despite Gangrel's losing support from all but his closest followers.
- The art book says Gangrel turned Plegia into a Grimleal state by force to secure power. 
- Owing to the thuggish nature of the Grimleal, in several chapters, Grimleal units are labeled Ruffian.
Etymology and other names
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Grimleal||Portmanteau of Grima, their object of worship, and the obscure English leal, "loyal":  "those loyal to Grima".|
|Spanish||Orden de Grima||Order of Grima|
|French||Disciples de Grima||Disciples of Grima|
|Italian||Seguaci di Grima||Disciples of Grima|
- "Ha ha! You dare defy Grima, god of annihilation" — Chalard, Fire Emblem Awakening
- " Lord Grima demands blood! All things unto Lord Grima! " — Ardri, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "King Validar has extended an invitation. He says Plegia has been guarding Sable, and now he wishes to return it to you." — Frederick, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "Do you really want it that badly? This concerns me. The Gemstones and the Fire Emblem can be...treacherous artifacts. A fact Plegia and the Grimleal sadly know all too well..." — Validar, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "Gangrel popularized the religion" — Glossary, Fire Emblem: Art of Fire Emblem Awakening
- "Gods praise ye, good people! Gods praise ye one and all! We lives in constant fear of what the Grimleal will do to us, so we does! 'Ere!" — Plegian Elder, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "Avatar: You once worshipped Grima, correct? As a member of the Grimleal?
Gangrel: Pah, those wrinkled old warts with their dusty tomes? I was Grimleal in name only. Course, it was the faith of the realm, so I knew most of its rituals.
Avatar: Religion can be a powerful tool for uniting people behind a single cause. I wager Aversa used it to convince your subjects to take up arms?
Gangrel: ...Perhaps. But in the end, I'd say she used me as much as anyone.
Avatar: And what did the people of Plegia really think of the faith?
Gangrel: Think? Ha! They DIDN'T think! Between my iron-fisted rule and Aversa's inquisitions, they had no choice about it. ... But as I said, it was a cruel time.
Avatar: Your people were cowed by your political might, but the temples offered solace...
Gangrel: Ah, yes. The solace of the damned." — Avatar (male) and Gangrel, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "The Grimleal have worked for generations to create someone like you... A vessel worthy of our master. Simply having Grima's blood in your veins is not enough... My father was not worthy, nor was his father before him. Even I was not able to accept Grima's most sacred gift. But you? You had all the makings. You were perfection!" — Validar, Fire Emblem Awakening
- Chalard:Master Grima...my life force...is yours...}}
- the Grimleal have gladly offered themselves to him for ages. Even now, they pray for his return... Today the Table overflows with bounty, and their prayers will be answered! |Aversa|Awakening}}
- "Aversa: You aren't listening. All of this—every word and action—has been orchestrated... Gangrel held the exalt in contempt, yes, so Validar and I used him. In life AND death. The king's demise threw Plegia into chaos. It drove the people to Grima... Now their life force and rancor can be laid before the fell dragon en masse.
Chrom: You couldn't mean...
Aversa: It is called the Table for a reason, you naive little man. It is where Grima feeds! The Grimleal have gladly offered themselves to him for ages. Even now, they pray for his return... Today the Table overflows with bounty, and their prayers will be answered! " — Aversa, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "I do not "imply." I have sent the strongest of my Grimleal to dispatch your comrades. They are almost certainly dead by now." — Grima, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "Pah, those wrinkled old warts with their dusty tomes? I was Grimleal in name only. Course, it was the faith of the realm, so I knew most of its rituals." — Gangrel, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "That wicked Grimleal fanatic whispering lies in my ear didn't help matters..." — Walhart, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "When the country came under the rule of mad king Gangrel, a devotee of the Fell Dragon Grima, it underwent a revival as a religious state" — Glossary, Fire Emblem: Art of Fire Emblem Awakening
- Wiktionary: leal