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|“||Pah! Keep your foolish tongue inside your foolish head! ...And don't tell anyone! I have a reputation to think of.||”|
— Naesala at the end of Path of Radiance
Naesala (Japanese: ネサラ Neasala) is the king of the raven laguz, in the kingdom of Kilvas. He and Tibarn both protect the Heron siblings, Reyson and Leanne. He and Tibarn often disagree as Naesala seems to care more about money and himself than his people. His assistant, Nealuchi, is an older raven who treats him like a son.
Naesala is introduced in Chapter 13: A Guiding Wind, as the king of Kilvas, and of the Raven laguz tribe, though his subjects appear in the prior chapter. His kingdom is well-known for their pillaging of ships, and Naesala in particular is a crafty swindler, charging outrageous fees for his services, which usually put his clients in bad positions. In Chapter 13 in particular, he 'helps' a team of soldiers from Daein to disguise themselves as common pirates and pursue the ship carrying the Greil Mercenaries, but ends up leading them into a Begnion envoy carrying the Apostle Sanaki and her Pegasus Knights instead. Once the ships clash, Naesala offers to help the disguised Daein soldiers fight them off, but only if they pay an extortionate fee. After they refuse, he simply watches the fight from a distance, then sends in troops to steal from the ships while their armies are distracted.
Later on, a meeting takes place between all of the laguz kings, which Naesala attends. There, he explains his intention to expand his kingdom by any means necessary, including deals with the beorc, which upsets the hawk clan, and heron prince Reyson, who despise all beorc for their role in the Serenes Massacre. Meanwhile, dragon king Dheginsea warns Naesala about the dangers of ruthless expansion, and reminds him of Lehran's Medallion, which could be disturbed if full-scale conflict were to erupt.
After the meeting, Reyson visits Kilvas unannounced to find Naesala and try to dissuade him from further deals with the beorc. Naesala informs him that while he shares no good will toward beorc either, his goals require further deals with them, which leaves Reyson bemused. At the same time, one of the high senators from Begnion, Oliver, Duke of Tanas, appears in Kilvas to pay Naesala for prior services involving the theft of art from one of Lekain's ships. However, upon spotting Reyson, Oliver wishes Naesala to deliver the heron prince to him, in exchange for doubling his normal fee, and they draw their plans without Reyson's knowhow.
Eventually, Naesala takes Reyson to the burned remains of Serenes Forest to initiate his plan to sell him. When Reyson sees what is is left of his homeland, he despairs, and Naesala uses it as an opportunity to regain Reyson's trust, playing into the narrative of how the beorc were unworthy of respect, and how he planned to undo them for their destruction of the forest. At the same time, he convinces Reyson to hide for the night in a nearby mansion, which happens to be Oliver's residence. There, Naesala leaves Reyson for Oliver to capture.
After Ike's troops begin their march into Daein, having gained Reyson and the hawks as allies, they run into Naesala again, who has allied with the Daein army in exchange for large sums of gold. In Chapter 19: Entrusted, Naesala himself takes to the field, posing a great threat to the invading forces. However, after seeing Reyson on the battlefield, he goes to speak with him, trying to make amends for what he did earlier. Reyson only forgives him because the situation of being captured lead him to eventually find his sister Leanne in the forest and find allies in Ike and his associates. After that point, Naesala and his army leave Daein behind, effectively betraying them again.
Naesala does not appear again until near the end of the story, in Chapter 28: Twisted Tower. There, he disguises himself as a common soldier in Daein's army in order to rescue Leanne, who had been captured by the Black Knight and kept by Izuka. Upon seeing what Izuka had done to laguz captives in the tower's basement, he formally joins with Ike and the other laguz nations in order to finally put an end to Daein's army.
In the final chapter, Repatriation, Naesala is one of the three units that Ike can choose as backup to help defeat Mad King Ashnard. This is the only point in the game when he is playable. Once Daein is finally defeated, Naesala and the other laguz forces return to their respective nations, not playing a major role again until the events of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
Starting stats and growth rates
Boss, Chapter 19 Playable
Naesala is a laguz royal that the player can pick out of three during the last chapter and is one of few units able to damage Ashnard. He can equip the Laguz Band, so he can always stay transformed. He is the fastest playable unit in the game with extremely high avoid, and his transformed durability is above average. However, his attack power is relatively low for an endgame unit. He has high movement and flight, though no canto. Due to his status, enemy units cannot land any crits on him without Wrath.
Among the mutually exclusive endgame laguz, Naesala is the fastest and weakest, and deals very little damage to Ashnard. However, Naesala is the only one who doubles Ashnard at base, even on harder difficulties. As Naesala joins mid-chapter, the player cannot remove or assign skills. Naesala also has no support partners. He is most valuable for cleaning up generic enemies or helping defeat Ashnard, especially if the player's Ike is weak. Note that on Hard Mode, Naesala will not be available for Ashnard's first form, so the player will still need to rely on Ike, Ena, or Nasir.
Naesala does not appear in the story until the beginning of Part 3: Intersecting Vows. He joins with Gallia and Phoenicis as part of the Laguz Alliance against Begnion, after the murder of their emissary, and the realization that the Senators were responsible for the Serenes Massacre. However, Naesala betrays the alliance, by leading Phoenicis's troops directly into a trap, then massacring their homeland. In doing so, he once again earns the wrath of hawk king Tibarn and heron prince Reyson, though Naesala himself does not appear again for quite some time.
By the end of Part 3, Naesala appears again to aid Sanaki while her troops try to push through Daein's desperate blockade. He, along with the rest of the major characters in that battle, witness the awakening of the 'dark god' Yune from Lehran's Medallion, and the subsequent judgement of Ashera, turning almost everyone in the world to stone. Naesala is threatened by Tibarn while there, but does not attack him outright, due to their circumstances.
During Part 4: Gods and Men, Naesala accompanies Micaiah's troop toward the Tower of Guidance in Sienne, capitol city of Begnion. Along the way, he is threatened by lion prince Skrimir, but defended by heron princess Leanne, who has strong feelings for Naesala, and can see trouble in his heart. By the time the group makes it to the tower, and reunites with the others, they invade the tower, under the control of the Disciples of Order, who had been brought back from the stone to serve Ashera. When Vice Minister Lekain is finally slain, it is revealed that, in addition to having the blood pact for Daein, he also had one for Kilvas, explaining Naesala's betrayal, and allowing everyone to finally forgive him for his actions.
After Ashera is defeated, and the world restored, Naesala returns home to Kilvas, and becomes a diplomat for other nations in Tellius. If Leanne had a strong support relationship with him during the game, she ends up marrying him, and raising two children, a heron girl and raven boy.
Starting stats and growth rates
- Note: The above stats are Naesala's default stats. If a Radiant Dawn game was started via a data transfer from Path of Radiance, any stat Naesala capped in Path of Radiance will result in a boost to his base in the stat in question in Radiant Dawn.
Naesala is a laguz royal available starting part 4 and is forced into Micaiah's team, chapters 4-P and 4-3. He has formshift so he can always stay transformed without relying on items. As a raven, he has high mobility, having high 9 move, flight, and canto. This is especially helpful on chapter 4-3, which is a desert chapter. He has the highest base speed in the game, so he will double every enemy unit unless rescuing another unit. He has enough attack power to one-round most enemy units, but compared to other laguz royals, he struggles with bulkier units on higher difficulties due to his lower strength and strike rank. He has high health and average defense and resistance. As he has consistently high avoid, Naesala's durability is overall excellent, only weak to crossbows. Naesala is limited on rout chapters by his lack of 2-range combat. His base stats are enough for him to contribute to endgame, though his lower power will limit him with generals and auras compared to the other laguz royals.
Naesala has a relatively low base level of 27 for his join time, meaning his growth rates allow him to improve more. For a laguz unit, he has high growths in strength, speed, and luck, which improves his offense and avoid. He can easily cap strength and speed, so BEXP can fix his lower growths in defense and resistance. Naesala has time to max his strike rank before endgame, giving him a significant +5 attack boost. Due to being able to double all enemy units, he can take full advantage of Ena and Gareth's Blood Tide skills in the last chapter.
Naesala has Vantage, which will have an extremely high activation rate; this means with a crit or Tear (both common with his good skill and speed), he can kill enemy units before they have a chance to attack. Adept and Cancel complement Vantage, as each can all have up to a 50% chance of activating at neutral biorhythm, improving his dodge-tank capabilities. Nullify is a useful skill, as Naesala can easily die to crossbows. Naesala also has Maelstrom which lets him sometimes counter units at 2-range, though this is unreliable and does not compensate for his lack of 2-range combat.
Naesala has a dark affinity which gives a valuable attack and avoid boost. Naesala values extra attack the most, so a partner with a fire, dark, or water affinity on the same team is most valuable, like Leanne or Sigrun. Extra avoid boosts from a dark or earth partner helps his durabilty even more, albeit it can be considered overkill especially on easier difficulties.
Naesala is one of the characters added to the game in the Countdown update, and was made available to players in the twenty-seventh Grand Hero Battle, which initially ran from January 12, 2019 through January 20, 2019. Only one variation of Naesala is currently available in Heroes, presumably based on his Radiant Dawn incarnation.
★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★
|Adult (Flier)||★★★||200 SP|
|Raven King Beak||★★★★★||400 SP|
|Rising Wind||★★★||150 SP|
|Blazing Wind||★★★★||300 SP|
|A||Darting Blow 1||★★★||50 SP|
|A||Swift Sparrow 1||★★★★||120 SP|
|A||Swift Sparrow 2||★★★★★||240 SP|
|B||Guard 1||★★★||50 SP|
|B||Guard 2||★★★||100 SP|
|B||Guard 3||★★★★||200 SP|
Personality and character
Naesala is characterized as being sly and a swindler, good at tricking people for his own gains. He appears to be very self-centered, and only seems to want to expand his own kingdom of Kilvas by any means necessary. To this end, he frequently betrays good friends, as well as his other clients.
He was childhood friends with both Reyson and Leanne, having known them since long before the Serenes Massacre. He is also doted on by his vassal, Nealuchi, who affectionately refers to Naesala as 'nestling', despite his complaints.
Though Naesala appears to care for little more than wealth and power, this is largely a facade, an attempt to protect his people from utter destruction at the hands of the Blood Pact. Near the end of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, this is made apparent, as he finally gets revenge on the Senators of Begnion for what they'd been doing to him and his nation.
Naesala, Sky's Shadow
Saved from the blood pact, Naesala left his people and their nation. He became a diplomat, finding atonement in work.
Naesala, Sky's Shadow (if at an A rank support with Leanne)
Leanne was united with Naesala, whom she had always loved. Together they raised a heron girl and a raven boy.
|“||Naesala: From where I’m sitting, you look to be the leader of your group. Do you like the way we fight? If you double Daein’s payment, we will be quite happy to join your cause against Daein.
Ike: Are you serious?
Naesala: Of course! We’re not with Daein for the pleasant conversations. For the right price, we’ll do as you like.
Ike: I’ve no need of an ally who would betray me for a handful of coin.
Naesala: Is that so? Then I’ve no more use for you. I suppose I’ll just have to kill you.
— Naesala, as an enemy fighting Ike in Chapter 19 of Path of Radiance.
|“||Lethe: Betrayer of laguz! I’ll tear those black wings off your back!
Naesala: You Gallians are with Crimea, we with Daein. We’re both helping one side. I’d like you to tell me how that makes us the betrayers.
Lethe: Crimea and Daein are not the same!
Naesala: Oh, but they are. They’re both home to laguz-hunting, laguz-hating humans. Granted, Daein’s anti-laguz sentiment is more obvious, but... Surely you realize there’s no great difference between it and Crimea... Or Begnion, for that matter.
Naesala: You may think yourself a warrior, but the humans have tamed you. Allow me to open your eyes!
— Naesala, as an enemy fighting Lethe in Chapter 19 of Path of Radiance.
|“||Mordecai: King of the raven folk... Why do you fight for Daein?
Naesala: Kilvas has need of much gold if we are to become more than a paltry island kingdom. Daein is willing to fill our coffers, and so we work with them. There is nothing more to it. Remember, it’s not who you work with that’s important–it’s how much they’re willing to pay.
Mordecai: So you fight for gold, is that it?
Naesala: Nothing wrong with that, is there? Everyone fights for some kind of gain. Even you, am I right?
Mordecai: That is...not untrue. But–
Naesala: No matter how hard you try, your kind will never understand the hearts and minds of ravens. You appear to be an obstinate creature... Just like your king.
Mordecai: Grrr... Grrrraaawwwl!
— Naesala, as an enemy fighting Mordecai in Chapter 19 of Path of Radiance.
|“||Naesala: You’re not of the Gallia beast tribes, are you? Laguz slaves! Bah! Instead of baring your claws and escaping, you moan and cry! What a pack of fools.
Naesala: Hah! Cat got your tongue? Unless you’re incapable of speech, you’re either angry or frightened. Either way, you’re pathetic. If you’d stayed in your cage, you wouldn’t need to die here, hmm?
— Naesala, as an enemy fighting Muarim in Chapter 19 of Path of Radiance.
|“||Janaff: King of crows! Do you seriously think to betray your fellow laguz?
Naesala: ...Oh, please... You hawks are always so excitable. You know the true nature of my fellow ravens, so...
— Naesala, as an enemy fighting Janaff in Chapter 19 of Path of Radiance.
|“||Naesala: What’s this? Well, if it isn’t one of my beloved hawk cousins. As you can see, Kilvas has sided with Daein. Try not to think too poorly of us.
— Naesala, as an enemy fighting Janaff in Chapter 19 of Path of Radiance.
|“||Naesala: Seeing you like this makes me want to forget this whole fighting thing.
Naesala: Just thinking about fighting you makes me want to forget the whole thing. Heck, it’s not like I’m getting paid... Say... Do you want to hire me?
Ashnard: What’s this? Do you wish to return to Daein’s loving embrace?
Naesala: I do... If you agree to make me very, very rich.
Ashnard: Enough of your lies, crow. Even now, your beady eyes look to find a chink in my armor.
Naesala: Ah...you found me out. All right, let’s proceed in earnest. No more tricks... Oh, look over there! Didn’t work, eh? Then die, madman! I won’t be doing you any favors if I let you live.
— Naesala, when fighting Ashnard in the Endgame of Path of Radiance.
|“||Yuma: Black-winged demon, eater of carrion! Prepare to receive the goddess’s judgment!
Naesala: Hmm...how colorful.
— Naesala, when fighting Yuma in Part 4 Prologue of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Naesala: Duke Numida...I wonder why a coward like you was turned back from stone? Especially considering some of your more...impious transgressions.
Numida: W-what are you talking about? I am a Senator in high standing!
Naesala: My country provides me with excellent spies, your grace. I know every atrocity you committed while in Daein. I hold information that would ruin you if it were made public. It’s rather a shame all that work will be wasted, since this is the last day of your life.
— Naesala, when fighting Numida in Part 4 Chapter 3 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Lekain: Tah ha ha... So nice to see you, King Naesala. When you can’t oppose me, that is. Your blood pact means that you’ll have to betray your companions... yet again.
Naesala: Not today, actually.
Lekain: What did you say?
Naesala: Sorry to break it to you, Lekain, but I have recently... been promoted, shall we say. I now take orders from over your head, Vice-Minister. From Empress Sanaki, to be exact.
Naesala: The curse of the blood pact applies if the master’s orders aren’t obeyed, but by the law of Begnion, you’re overruled. So, Lekain, right here, right now... I’m going to tear you apart, as I’ve been wanting to do for years.
— Naesala, when fighting Lekain in Part 4 Endgame-1 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Dheginsea: Naesala, you dare challenge me?
Naesala: Heh. It’s funny you should ask that... I’m not deluded enough to think that I can beat you. The goddess herself would hesitate to fight you. But my people are frozen solid, and I have to delude myself enough to think that I can help save them.
Dheginsea: You are a true king, Naesala. I am ready when you are.
Naesala: I’ll be thrilled if I land even a single blow. I’m much better at fleeing than fighting.
— Naesala, when fighting Dheginsea in Part 4 Endgame-3 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Sephiran: King Naesala, it seems as if everything went well with the pact.
Naesala: Yes, for which I am thankful. The blood pact yoked Kilvas to your country’s control... but we no longer suffer the curse for opposing the tyrannical edicts of your corrupt, bloated senators. Present company excluded, of course.
Sephiran: I’m quite glad to hear it.
Naesala: You shouldn’t be. You’re not like the other senators, but your insane agenda has turned my nation to stone! Freedom means nothing to a statue.
Sephiran: My goal was simply to save Sanaki. With your help, she is safe. The mutual benefit of your country was a happy accident, so don’t feel indebted to me.
Naesala: So you won’t object when I tear your lungs out here and now?
Sephiran: By all means. Be my guest.
— Naesala, when fighting Sephiran in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Oof! Poor judgment abounds–on my part as well. Perhaps I'm not suited for charitable actions such as these. Well then, I'll take my leave...||”|
— Naesala's retreat quote in Path of Radiance.
|“||N-no... This cannot be... Is this...my...fate? What of Kilvas–||”|
— Naesala, as the boss of Chapter 19 of Path of Radiance.
|“||Naesala: Ah, this is... what some would call...a just reward...
Skrimir: Raven King! Open your beady eyes! Do you hear me, you winged jackal? You'll not die here. I have sworn to rip you limb from limb myself! Do you hear me?
Naesala: Quit your bellowing, you lice-ridden hairball. You're going to burst my delicate...eardrums...
— Naesala's retreat quote in Part 4 Prologue of Radiant Dawn.
|“||...Tsh! I guess I won’t get to see how this ends. Ugh...||”|
— Naesala's Death Quote in Part 4 Endgame-1 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||I understand... This is what happens... When you anger...the gods... Right?!||”|
— Naesala's death quote in Part 4 Endgame-5 in Radiant Dawn
- Main article: Naesala/Quotes (Heroes)
Fire Emblem Cipher
Naesala is currently featured on three cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
- One of the below cards' epithets is still in raw, untranslated Japanese; it needs translation.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Naesala|
|King of Kilvas, Naesala|
|"Fight and fight. During that time Kilvas, the black beak shall make his exit."|
|Attack: 60||Support: 20||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 4|
|Class: Bird Tribe||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Vortex: [Activate] [Once per turn]  Until the end of this turn, this unit is treated as a card, this unit's range becomes 1-2 range, and gains the skill “Wingbane”. (“Wingbane” [Always] While this unit attacks a unit, this unit gains 30 attack.)|
Job Well Done: [Trigger] When another ally is deployed, if there is another ally besides the deployed ally and this unit, draw 1 card.
|Card #B03-044R(+) • Artist: Mikihiro Taguchi/Crowd Gate Co., Ltd.|
|Sky's Shadow, Naesala|
|"If the pay is right, there's nothing I won't do."|
|Attack: 40||Support: 20||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Bird Tribe||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|String-Pulling Black Wings: [Activate] [ , Tap another ally] Move an enemy.|
Tactician's Emblem: [Support] If the attacking unit is , you may choose one enemy unit that is not the defending unit and move it.
|Card #B09-088HN • Artist: Senri Kita|
|"Humans hold all laguz in contempt. And in the same way, they hold all of nature in contempt as well. They think everything exists for their pleasure and betterment... They are beneath contempt."|
|Attack: 50||Support: 20||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 2|
|Class: Bird Tribe||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Black Wings in the Night: [Trigger]  When you deploy this unit, you may pay the cost and if you do: Choose 1 non-lord enemy, and move them.|
Unfeeling Commerce: [Trigger] [Send 1 card from your hand to the Retreat Area] When this unit's attack destroys an enemy, you may pay the cost and if you do: Your opponent chooses 1 card from their hand, and sends it to the Retreat Area.
|Card #B17-075HN • Artist: Karuta Shiki|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Naesala .
- In Path of Radiance, Naesala is the only laguz capable of attacking at range, using his Vortex skill.
- In Radiant Dawn, Naesala is the only laguz unit who utilizes his special mastery skill Tear prior to reaching level 30. All other laguz units, even the ones who start with their skills, are level 30 or higher when first utilized.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Officially romanized as Naesala.
Naesala: Sky's Shadow in his transformed raven state in Heroes.
- FE PoR: Naesala Character Profile (P. 78) Translation | kantopia, www.kantopia.wordpress.com, Retrieved: 25 March 2018
- FE RD: Naesala Character Profile (P. 110) Translation | kantopia, www.kantopia.wordpress.com, Retrieved: 25 March 2018
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|
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