|“||Mankind faces trials enough without us burdening them yet more. I wish to be their salvation — the hands that dispel their grief and pain.||”|
— Mila, to Duma
Mila (pronounced /ˈmɪlə/[key]; Japanese: ミラ Mila) is one of the two gods of the continent of Valentia/Valm, known by the people as the Earth Mother (Japanese: 大地母神 earth mother goddess). She is the worshipped deity of the kingdom of Zofia, and is still worshipped alongside Naga millennia later in Valm. In ancient times, Valentia was split into two nations in a pact between the two conflicting gods, and Mila's pacifistic beliefs shaped the nation of Zofia into a peaceful and prosperous nation. However, her influence led to Zofia becoming corrupt and hedonistic, never needing to toil for its prosperity.
In Valentia's distant past, Mila and her brother resided with mankind, but Duma's desires for mankind clashed with her own. Duma and Mila clashed, with the conflict resulting in a pact between the two, said pact split the continent to the north and south, making Rigel Duma's domain and Zofia Mila's. Rigel adhered to Duma's views, becoming a powerful nation, while Zofia followed Mila's and became a peaceful and prosperous nation. However, Zofia became corrupt as a result of Mila's philosophy, forgetting the meaning of toil, leading to crises such as the civil war and common bandit activity.
Thousands of years later, in the year 604, Mila vanished, causing a famine to befall Zofia and for their crops to wither, and also increasing monster activity across Valentia. Three years after the famine began, Zofia fell to a coup by its General Desaix, then to a successful invasion from Rigel. In response to these actions, Alm led a revolutionary army to defeat Rigel while Celica set out to find what happened to Mila. During her journey Celica and Alm discovered that Mila had been sealed inside Falchion by Emperor Rudolf three years ago.
Their efforts culminated with Alm leading an assault on the Duma Tower, in which Celica was being imprisoned by the priest Jedah. The two engaged Duma and his force of priests and monster servants in battle, which ended with Alm defeating Duma using Falchion. Duma's last words suggest that Mila then joined Duma in entering a slumber along with him, putting an end to their influence over Valentia.
Unlike her now mostly forgotten brother, Mila is still worshiped in Valm at the time of Awakening, alongside Naga. Presumably Duma's message to the future has been partially forgotten, as the lesson Duma tried to teach humanity to not rely on gods, which is, interestingly, Walhart's motivation behind re-conquering the continent.
Mila never personally appears, but her disappearance is the catalyst behind Celica's quest. Her power is also a recurring element of gameplay, as through the game's shrines she can promote units, and through Falchion she gives Alm the power to defeat Duma.
Like Duma, Mila does not directly appear in Awakening, though she is remembered more than her brother. She is still actively worshipped by people on Valm, with one former priestess of Mila being Pheros. Mila's name is also listed as one of many Fire Emblem locations a player can select as their home on their StreetPass profile card.
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Mila appears directly in Gaiden's remake. She is also featured in a Memory Prism, forging the divine accord with Duma.
Personality and character
Due to not having a speaking role in any games her personality is described through the words of others. She is caring and loving, even stated so by her brother. Where Duma's influence led humans in Rigel to become strong, militaristic, and uncaring, Mila caused her people to become overly reliant on her, and unable to survive without her blessings.
Among Mila's powers is the ability to resurrect the dead, if not everybody. This is reflected in Gaiden with its shrines to Mila, some of which allow Alm or Celica to revive deceased allied units. Mila also appears to be the one who bestows the ability to change class upon people, as interacting with her statue is what initiates promotions in Gaiden.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Mila||As of Fire Emblem Awakening. Originally a diminutive of Slavic names containing the element milu "gracious, dear".|
|Japanese||ミラ||Officially romanized as Mila in Gaiden and as Mira in Shadows of Valentia.|
A Mila Shrine, with the middle statue presumably depicting Mila.
Artwork of Mila and priestesses in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Artwork of Mila's dragon form from Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Mila after being sealed with Falchion.
Mila's portrait from Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
- "A Master Class in Strategy" trailer
- "Once, two siblings, Duma and Mila, lived on this remote island known as Valentia. Duma, obsessed with power, despised mankind's corruption, and fought with his younger sister Mila, who wished for peace. Eventually, the two agreed to split Valentia: the north ruled by Duma, The south by Mila... Centuries passed. The gods' domains gave rise to two kingdoms: Zofia, the southern realm, and Rigel, to the north." — Opening prologue, Fire Emblem Gaiden
- "The southern kingdom of Sofia, Which had become corrupt in its prosperity[...]" — Opening prologue, Fire Emblem Gaiden
- "Desaix’s no longer here, but crops aren’t growing, and weird monsters have been appearing..." — A villager, Fire Emblem Gaiden
- "It’s already been three years since crops last grew on this land." — Celica, Fire Emblem Gaiden
- "That should be enough... Hero Alm. I entrust everything to you. Inherit the will of us siblings and govern this land... Carrying both the strength of Duma as well as the love of Mila, guide the people justly... You must not repeat the same mistakes we committed. You must never again disturb our slumber..." — Duma, Fire Emblem Gaiden
- "Carrying both the strength of Duma as well as the love of Mila, guide the people justly..." — Duma, Fire Emblem Gaiden
- "We have shrines to Mila all across my continent. Folks make pilgrimages there and seek the goddess's blessing. The Earth Mother has great power. She can even restore life to the dead. ...Surprised? Well, she can't do it for everyone. Some of my faith even preach that we should not wish for the dead's resurrection. After all, who among us can judge who deserves to be reborn and who doesn't?" — Celica, Fire Emblem Awakening
- Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Mila, www.behindthename.com, Retrieved: 9 September 2018
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