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Imhullu

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Imhullu

FEMN Imhullu.png
Artwork of Imhullu from Mystery of the Emblem.

Dark magic that nullifies all attacks on its bearer.

Type

Tome

Wielder(s)

Gharnef

First game

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Imhullu (Japanese: マフー Mafu) is a sinister regalia tome introduced in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. It is the signature weapon of Gharnef, the Dark Pontifex and ally to Medeus, and its evil power renders him invincible to almost any attack.

History

There are two differing explanations given for Imhullu. The first is that Gotoh was the guardian of the tome, knowing its immense power could be used for evil. However, his pupil Gharnef took the book and vanished.[1] The other is that Imhullu was first created by Gharnef, the future Dark Pontifex, during his tutelage under the White Sage Gotoh. Out of envy and wrath over Gotoh picking rival student Miloah as the successor of Khadein and the Aura tome, Gharnef used the Darksphere, one of the gems adorning the Binding Shield, to create Imhullu. In the process of creating Imhullu, Gharnef's heart was sealed in the Darksphere, corrupting him.[2]

Much as the effects of the Darksphere itself can only be countered by the Lightsphere, so too does Imhullu have a weakness to Starlight, a tome forged from the Lightsphere. One who wields Starlight can use its power to pierce the dark protection Imhullu bestows upon its wielder. To this end, Gotoh had Marth gather the components to forge Starlight for use against Gharnef himself.

Stats

Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Is nes01 tome.png Tome: Prf* 14 9 70 0 1-2 18 Cannot be sold -- Seals all strikes from the wielder's opponent, forcing them to do nothing at all in the round of attack. Effect is negated if the opponent wields Starlight.
Mystery of the Emblem Is snes01 imhullu.png Tome: Prf* 14 14 70 0 1-2 Infinite 65535 -- Seals all strikes from the wielder's opponent, forcing them to do nothing at all in the round of attack. Effect is negated if the opponent wields Starlight.
Shadow Dragon Is ds imhullu.png DSRankTome.png A 14 4 70 0 1-2 Infinite 0 0 Nullifies damage dealt by the opponent when equipped. Effect is negated if the opponent wields Starlight.
New Mystery of the Emblem Is ds imhullu.png FE12RankTome.png A 14 -- 80 0 1-2 Infinite Cannot be sold 2 Nullifies damage dealt by the opponent when equipped. Effect is negated if the opponent wields Starlight.

Locations

Shadow Dragon NES

Unobtainable Exclusively wielded by Gharnef.

Mystery of the Emblem

Unobtainable Exclusively wielded by Gharnef.

Shadow Dragon DS

Unobtainable Exclusively wielded by Gharnef.

New Mystery of the Emblem

Unobtainable Exclusively wielded by Gharnef in the main story.
Inventory Gharnef (Playable in "Assassins" only)

Other appearances

Imhullu bombarding Cornelius in the anime.

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem OVA

In Prince of Aritia, the first episode of Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, a flashback shows Gharnef using Imhullu in battle against the Falchion-wielding King Cornelius of Altea, and with it easily kills Cornelius by piercing him through the stomach. The spell is depicted as a large number of glowing dark tendrils, each ending in what looks like a screaming human face, emerging from the Imhullu spellbook, which bombard the target before exploding.

Trivia

  • In Chapter 23 of Shadow Dragon DS, the four fake Gharnefs scattered across the map all wield fake copies of Imhullu: outside of battle they display the same stats and description as the real Imhullu, but in battle they instead have the stats of Elfire and do not negate damage. Versions of this chapter in earlier games simply have the fake Gharnefs wield regular, undisguised tomes: Swarm in Shadow Dragon NES, and Elfire in Mystery of the Emblem Book 1.
  • Imhullu, tied with Swarm and Starlight, has appeared in the most number of games (four) of any uncategorized tome to have never been anything other than an uncategorized tome.

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Imhullu From the Akkadian imhullu, "atrocious wind", one of the seven winds summoned by Marduk to slay Tiamat in the Babylonian creation myth Enûma Eliš.[3]
English
(unofficial)
Maph Used in the Shadow Dragon NES and Mystery of the Emblem fan translations.
Japanese マフー
マフーの書
• Officially romanized as Mafu. From the Japanese 魔風, "demonic wind".
• Book of Mafu. This name is used only in Mystery, in which most tomes have the の書 suffix.
Spanish Imhullu As above.
French Imhullu As above.
German Imhullu As above.
Italian Imhullu As above.

References

  1. "Marth: Is Imhullu so powerful a magic, then?
    Gotoh: Yes. The mage who wields it cannot be killed; cannot be so much as scratched. I was the magic’s guardian once. Knowing its forbidden power could work terrible evils, so I kept it close. But Gharnef, one of my two pupils—Miloah being the other—took the forbidden tome and vanished. Now you are paying for my carelessness. Forgive me. I wish to make amends by teaching you the only way to undo Imhullu's power.
    " - Marth and Gotoh, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  2. "Gharnef, along with Pontifex Miloah, were Lord Gotoh's best pupils. But Lord Gotoh saw Gharnef's weakness, and so he left Khadein and the Aura tome to Pontifex Miloah. Gharnef, overcome by jealousy, stole the Darksphere from Lord Gotoh, and created the Imhullu tome. As a result... His heart was trapped within the Darksphere for all eternity. Wrath and envy led him to ruin." - Wendell, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  3. Babylonian Creation Myth, Then Again..., Published: 2005, Retrieved: 29 January, 2015
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Long-range tomes MeteorSwarm
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Book 2 BoahCamusGotohJagenKing AurelisLangLorenzMichalis
Bosses Book 1 CamusEmereusGazzakGharnefGomerHarmeinHollstadtHymanJiolKannivalKhozenMedeusMerachMichalisMorzasTikiVolzhinXemcelZharov
Book 2 DallEibelEllereanFire DragonGailGharnefHardinHereticIce DragonJeorgeLangLorenzLumelMage DragonMedeusNehringRuckeSheenaTorusWillowWyvernYodel
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