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|“||But I will not be deterred. If I am to lead this nation, I cannot allow it to be corrupted by prejudice and hatred. I can put the life the goddess has given me to no greater good than this.||”|
Misaha (Japanese: ミサハ Misaha) was the 36th empress and apostle of the Begnion Empire, and the grandmother of her successor Sanaki. She reigned for thirty years until her assassination, which was the catalyst for the Serenes Massacre and, unknown to many, the wars which plagued Tellius decades later.
Misaha took the throne of Begnion and the title of apostle in the year 595, succeeding her mother. She inherited the Begnion imperial family's Branded heron blood and the ability to hear the voice of the goddess, receiving revelations of the immediate future of Begnion. During her life she had children and eventually grandchildren, only one of whom was born during her lifetime.
Misaha was an extremely popular ruler among the people of Begnion, said to have been more beloved by her subjects than any other apostle in history. She was strictly opposed to the practice of laguz slavery which was still endemic in Begnion, so in the year Begnion 624, she passed the Laguz Emancipation Act into law, ordering the immediate release of all laguz slaves and the end of the laguz slave trade. However, despite her best efforts, the law was only partially successful: while the slave trade totally ceased among the common population of Begnion, for decades later the empire's nobles continued to practice laguz slavery in secret without suffering the consequences.
In 625, Misaha had the opportunity to meet with her ancestor, Lehran. Meeting with him, the source of her Branded blood, convinced her that there was no shame in her Branded heritage, and she resolved to reveal to the world that she was Branded in order to put an end to the anti-Branded bigotry that was rife in not just Begnion, but the rest of Tellius. Lehran was inspired by her courage and resolved to tell the Goldoans of this sign of hope for the future of laguz-beorc relations. Shortly after this, however, the senate put into motion a plot against her orchestrated by the senator Lekain. Misaha was murdered by forces loyal to the senators, and her infant granddaughter was believed to have died along with her as well.
Immediately after her murder, the senate issued an announcement to the people of Sienne that Misaha had been assassinated by the herons of Serenes. Beloved as she was by the people, they were enraged and grief-stricken at the news and demanded revenge against the herons for their "crime". This led to the Serenes Massacre, where Begnion mobs assaulted the Serenes Forest and nearly drove the herons to extinction. Lehran was driven mad by the loss of both Misaha and his tribe, and in response he concocted a plan to awaken the goddess and bring her judgement upon Tellius in revenge for the senate's crimes.
The throne of Begnion was left vacant for fifteen years after Misaha's death, during which time her second granddaughter, Sanaki, was born. At only five years old, Sanaki was installed as the new empress and apostle by the senate in 640, with their intent being to use her as a puppet ruler to placate the masses as they passed whatever legislation they pleased. However, they were consistently thwarted by Sanaki and her prime minister, Sephiran, who instead worked to improve life for beorc and laguz against the senate's will. This eventually culminated in their coup d'etat against her during the war with the Laguz Alliance.
Misaha appears in a flashback in the opening of the first part of the Part 4 Endgame, when Micaiah/Yune receives a vision of her meeting with Lehran. Only her right arm is physically seen in this flashback, although she does have a voice-acted speaking role.
Personality and character
Misaha held a deep, passionate determination to do right by all the peoples of Tellius, not just the beorc, and to use her position of privilege and power to fight to rid Begnion of racism and hatred. She knew very well how her actions would make powerful enemies of the senate, but refused to be scared by the threat they posed and even considered their response even more of a reason to pursue her vision of equality. For much of her life, she felt deep guilt and shame at not only being Branded, but at how she and her ancestors kept this completely secret from everybody, but on meeting Lehran she came to the realization that there was no shame or sin in her Branded nature and became determined to put an end to the secrecy and reveal her nature to the world, though she was assassinated before she could do this.
- Although only her arm is ever seen, the sleeve of her attire bears a distinct resemblance to the outfit worn by her granddaughter, Micaiah, after she is promoted to the Light Priestess class.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
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Misaha's hand in Radiant Dawn.
- "Lehran: Is it possible? Do you share some aspect of my power?
Misaha: I do, as did my mother... Generation after generation, each apostle has been blessed to hear the voice of the goddess. We know of impending disasters, how crops will fare... All revelations originally intended for you." — Lehran and Misaha, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Lekain: Poor false apostle... No one ever told you about your older sister, did they? She was the true apostle.
Sanaki: I... had a sister?
Lekain: She died before you were born, assassinated along with Apostle Misaha by the heron clan. So the senate installed you, the second daughter, as the apostle instead." — Lekain and Sanaki, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "The leader at the time was the Apostle Misaha, who was more adored by the public than any apostle before...or since." — Nasir, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- "Countless noble houses even now keep laguz as servants or entertainment...or worse! And the senate! Those vast windbags grant tacit approval by doing nothing!" — Tormod, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- "Sanaki: If Sephiran and I hadn’t been freed... You were just waiting for your chance to kill us? Just as you killed my grandmother.
Lekain: Out of respect for the imminently deceased, I’ll be completely honest. Yes, you assume correctly. Your assassination, and the plot to once again frame the Serenes herons for it, was entirely my idea." — Sanaki and Lekain, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Lekain: The year was 640, Begnion era... The empire had been without an apostle for 15 long years. The senators were being constantly harassed with complaints from the people. There had been nothing like it in history. The voices calling for young Sanaki to be crowned grew louder every day... You had just turned five years old when the senate welcomed you to the throne as the new apostle. Ah, but my young mistress Sanaki, what a difficult child you were. You threw tantrums, you screamed and cried constantly. Your conduct was hardly befitting an empress of Begnion! Everyone was at a loss... You wouldn’t even stop mewling and crying during official proceedings. But then along came our youngest senator ever, Sephiran, Duke of Persis. When he took you in his arms, you immediately stopped crying. You even smiled. We had to take advantage of this obvious miracle. In an unprecedented move by the senators, we elevated Sephiran to prime minister, keeping him serving as close to you as possible. This plan, radical as it was, proved far more effective than we dared dream. A young, handsome prime minister and an adorable moppet of an apostle brought the people’s support to incredible new heights. Apparently the common citizenry is gullible enough to blindly follow any leader who is sufficiently attractive. Enamored as they were, no one ever seemed to care whether or not you could hear the voice of the goddess. With the new apostle and prime minister, the political landscape became unrecognizable. Even in the face of overtly unreasonable legislation, the two of you would stand on the balcony... A smile and a wave later, the people would cheer and go on with their happy lives.
Lekain: It was too good to be true, however. Both of you were only meant to be puppets! Each year you interfered with our government more and more, imposing your soft-hearted ideals over our sovereign rights. Were such trivialities as laguz slavery and the Daein occupation worth making issues of? The pair of you were becoming an increasingly bothersome thorn in our side. And then this war against the laguz forces... You went so far as to expose our previous indiscretions and demand reparations for the sub-humans. This was unforgivable. Clearly you both had to be removed. Sephiran would be falsely accused and jailed, necessitating his removal from office. The apostle would suffer a sudden illness, and be excused from official proceedings. Or so we intended..." — Lekain and Sanaki, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Lehran: No! You mustn’t! You don’t understand the danger you will be placing yourself in!
Misaha: Oh, but I do. The senators will do their utmost to rally the people against me, as they did when I freed the laguz from slavery. But I will not be deterred. If I am to lead this nation, I cannot allow it to be corrupted by prejudice and hatred. I can put the life the goddess has given me to no greater good than this.
Male voice: ...Such determination. Your eyes... They very much resemble Altina’s.
Misaha: I will stand before my people and proudly proclaim the truth. And then I will guide them to a just and honest future. This is my promise to you." — Lehran and Misaha, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Misaha: All of the apostles have borne this brand. It is our greatest secret. The senators must never know. Because of this brand, I thought that I had been born of some great sin. It plagued me always. Guilt tore at me every day as I hid my mark from my people, deceiving them constantly about my true nature.
Lehran: Oh, child...how can I apologize to you?
Misaha: And yet, now that I’ve met you, I understand. There is no shame in my heritage. None at all. I will not live in hiding. I will reveal to the world that I am one of the Branded. They must see there is no shame in who I am." — Lehran and Misaha, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
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