Loptous (Japanese: ロプトウス Loputousu) is a regalia dark tome which was introduced in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. It is the unholy weapon which channels the power of the sinister earth dragon Loptous and is wielded by those who carry his bloodline. The tome bestows upon its wielder protection from the full effect of damage against it, only able to be subverted by the power of the divine dragon Naga.
This tome was created as part of the blood pact between the bishop Galle and the earth dragon Loptous, in the former's quest for power. It provides its wielder with immense power in exchange for being possessed by Loptous himself. It was the property of the successive seventeen Emperors of the Loptrian Empire across its two hundred years of existence, the first being Galle himself, all used as Loptous's vessels. The last Emperor, Galle XVII, did not reproduce before his death and the fall of the Empire at the hands of the Twelve Crusaders, when the dark protection of the tome was pierced by the power of the Book of Naga wielded by Saint Heim, the only weapon able to pierce Loptous's power.
Over a century later, Manfroy of the Loptr Church took advantage of this to successfully breed Arvis and Deirdre, the two current bearers of the bloodline, spawning the full-blooded Julius as the prince of the continent-spanning Grannvale Empire. At some point in Julius's childhood eleven years after the Battle of Belhalla, Manfroy gave Julius the Loptous tome as his inheritance; Loptous's influence through it instantly corrupted him, prompting him to attempt to kill his sister Julia, a bearer of full Naga blood. From there, he seized control of Grannvale from his father, and as the spirit of Loptous slowly took full possession him over the years he perverted the empire's course slowly into a reconstruction of the Loptrian Empire. By the time Seliph's liberation army came to confront him at Belhalla, Loptous had finally achieved full possession of Julius, with the tome's power proving near-impossible to fight until Julia found the Book of Naga and used it against him.
In the main Fire Emblem series
In other Fire Emblem series titles
||Other effects and notes
||Boosts user's Resistance by +3.|
User takes bonus damage to weapon skills that deal bonus damage against dragon units. If target does not possess a weapon skill dealing bonus damage against dragon units, reduces target's Attack by -6 during combat.
Genealogy of the Holy War
||Exclusively wielded by Julius. No playable unit can have major Loptous blood, and as such it is unusuable by the player.
||If hacked into the game, it is character-locked but not assigned to a character, and cannot be used at all.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Loptous is present as a skill on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher: B08-097SR Shadow-Bearing Imperial Prince, Julius. It is a manual-activation skill which allows the player to, for the cost of flipping one bond card face-down, choose one of their opponent's bond cards and flip it face-down as well. This can contribute to activating Julius's other skill, "Seal of Darkness", which increases his attack power when all bond cards belonging to the opponent are face-down.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions
||Definition, etymology and notes
||As of Fire Emblem Heroes. Derived from Loptr, an alternate name for the Norse jötunn and trickster god Loki.
|Widely known by both these names prior to the English release of Awakening, used in the Genealogy of the Holy War fan translation; the latter is a compression of the name to fit into the item name spaces of the Genealogy fan translation, whereas the former is used to refer to it by name in dialogue.
||Officially romanized two ways: Loputousu on Genealogy of the Holy War's Holy Blood interface, and Loptous in material from Treasure onward. Both are derived from Loptr, as above.
- ↑ "Lewyn: Now, Loptous himself is actually from a dragon clan whose fell power is amongst the mightiest of all the dragonkin. The great dragon Naga, strongest of them all, bestowed their own blood upon the leader of the liberation army, the priest Heim. Naga knew only their power could possibly hope to stand against that of Loptous.
Seliph: So nobody else among the dragonkin would be able to prevail against Loptous?
Lewyn: It certainly wouldn't be easy, I think. Even if you had every last dragon fighting together, they'd still need Naga's power." — Lewyn and Seliph, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War