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Cigyun, Arvis, Deirdre, Seliph, Julius, Julia, Saias (descendants)




Genealogy of the Holy War

I have Saint Maera's blood, and he fought for the good of the people.
— Arvis

Maera (Japanese: マイラ Maira) was a scion of the Loptrian Empire's royal family who lived around Grann 535, and the founder of the "Maerist" branch of the Loptrian religion. While he was responsible for the lineage of Loptous persisting past the Loptrian Empire's downfall, in his time he was widely regarded as a saint for his work in caring for the people in the face of the Empire's tyranny.


Maera was the brother of the Emperor Gair of the time, inheriting only minor Loptous Holy Blood instead of the major blood of his brother, the human host of Loptous. In stark contrast to the dictatorial attitudes of his brother and the entire rest of the Empire, Maera came to legitimately care for the people of Jugdral suffering under the Empire's rule. To this end, he sought to redefine the Loptrian faith to make it more appealing and less of a jarring shift than its present state. He attempted to harmonize the Loptrian faith with the pre-existing religions of Jugdral and present Loptous not as a tyrant, but as a benevolent deity, and to end the discrimination against non-Loptrian people. His efforts were unpopular among the Empire's ruling elite, and so after inciting a revolt based on his views, he was exiled from the Empire, but not before his views had spread among a small sect of Loptrian adherents.[1]

From this, the "Maerist Loptrian" variation of the Loptrian faith was established; as it was forbidden, its practitioners were persecuted and driven into hiding, while still seeking to help the commoners of Jugdral in the face of their bleak future. The Maerist influence had a profound influence on Bragi of the Twelve Crusaders, who was saved by and subsequently raised by a Maerist as a child. For his part, Maera still reproduced at some point in his exile, passing on his minor Loptous holy blood to his child; his descendants eventually came to reside in the Spirit Forest of Verdane, isolated from the outside world.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
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As of Fire Emblem Heroes.[2]



Used in the Genealogy of the Holy War fan translation.



















Traditional Chinese




  1. "Under this situation, the group called Maerists was in the Loptrian religion but believed in the teachings of Maera, and for that they were labeled as revolutionists or justicists. Maera, although he was a member of the imperial family, protected the civilians, and was a saint that later on caused a rebellion and was exiled. However, the teachings of Maera was something that tried to place the Loptrian god to the high ranks of the Earthen gods and plotted for the gods to be harmonialized to try to lose the discrimination within the Empire, so it (the teachings of Maera) was receiving pressure and obstruction from the Loptrian Empire. Although Maera was said to be the one and only good person within the Imperial inner circle, he was put in a place as a secret messiah."Designers' notes from Fire Emblem: Treasure, translated by Serenes Forest, Retrieved: June 17, 2013
  2. "I am Arvis. I descend from the crusaders Fjalar and Maera." — Arvis: Emperor of Flame when summoned, Fire Emblem Heroes
Project Characters.png This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused on writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Playable characters First gen. AlecArdenAyraAzelleBeowolfBrigidChulainnClaudDeirdreDewEdainErinysEthlynFinnJamkeLachesisLewynLexMidirNaoiseQuanSigurdSilviaTailtiu
Second gen. AltenaAresArthur/AmidCed/HawkCoirpre/CharlotDiarmuid/TristanFebail/AsaelloFee/HerminaFinnHannibalIucharIucharbaJuliaLana/MuirneLarcei/CreidneLeifLene/LayleaLester/DeimneNanna/JeanneOifeyPatty/DaisyScáthach/DalvinSeliphShannanTine/Linda
Non-playable characters First gen. AidaAlvaAnnandArvisAzmurBatuByronCalfCigyunEldiganEthniaEvaEveGrahnyeImcaKurthManananMariccleOifeyLahnaRingShannanTravantVictor
Second gen. AnnaFelipeJakeLewynPalmarch
Other GairForsetiLoptousMaeraNagaSalamander
Bosses First gen. AndreyBeowolfBordeauxChagallCimbaethClementCuvuliDaccarDiMaggioDíthorbaDonovanDuvallElliotEldiganErinysGerrardJacobiJamkeLamiaLombardMacbethMagornMyosMunnirPamelaPapilioPhilipPizareReptorSandimaSlayderVajaWaltzZane
Second gen. AltenaAnguillaArionArvisBanbaBaranBlegBloomBovisBoyceBramselBrianCanisCoulterDagonDanannDistlerDracoEquusEriuFisherFotlaGallusHannibalHaroldHildaIshtarIshtoreIucharIucharbaJavarroJudahJuliaJuliusJuphielKanatzKutuzovLizaMabelManfroyMaykovMengMorriganMuhammadMusMusarOvisOvoPorcusRiddellRobertoRodanSchmidtScipioSimiaTine/LindaTigrisTravantZagam
The 12 crusaders BaldrBragiCedDáinnFjalarHeimHoðrNálNjörunOdThrudUllr
Holy Weapons BalmungForsetiGáe BolgGungnirHelswathLoptousMjölnirMystletainnNagaTyrfingValflameValkyrieYewfelle
Chapters First gen. P: Birth of a Holy Knight • 1: Lady of the Forest • 2: Crisis in Agustria • 3: Eldigan, the Lionheart • 4: Dance in the Skies • 5: Doorway to Destiny
Second gen. 6: Heir of Light • 7: Beyond the Desert • 8: The Wyvern Knights of Thracia • 9: For Whose Sake • 10: Light and Dark • Endgame: End of the Holy War
Locations JugdralAed Desert (Dahna) • Agustria (Bragi TowerNordionOrgahil) • Grannvale (BelhallaChalphyDozelEddaFriegeVelthomerYngvi) • Isaach (Tirnanog) • Munster District (ConoteLeonsterMunsterUlster) • MiletosSilesseThraciaVerdane
Groups, objects and events 12 crusadersAed MassacreBattle of BelhallaChild huntsCross KnightsFall of LeonsterFinal Holy WarHoly BloodHoly WarKnight brigades of GrannvaleLanceritterLoptr Church (DeadlordsLoptrian Empire) • Miracle of DahnaQuintessence
Related topics TreasureGenealogy of the Holy War ExceedŌsawa manga adaptationFujimori manga adaptationSuzuki novelizationHeir of LightName chart • Other games (Mystery of the EmblemThracia 776Awakening) • Timeline