|“||Death feeds me. Death pleases me. I am the essence I consume.||”|
— Nergal to Eliwood
Nergal (Japanese: ネルガル Nergal) was a sorcerer and a former friend of the Archsage Athos. His studies with Athos in Arcadia led him to delve deep into the dark arts surrounding the use of the quintessence of living creatures.
- 1 Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- 2 Fire Emblem Awakening
- 3 Quotes
- 4 Other appearances
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Etymology and other languages
- 7 Gallery
- 8 References
Nergal is the primary antagonist of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, leading to the events of the game. He and Athos became friends and found themselves in Arcadia. Nergal found the dragon's research into Morphs and wished to use the knowledge for his own gain, after a conflict with the village elders and Athos, Nergal vanished. Hundreds of years later, he started creating Morphs and used them to seize control of the Black Fang assassin guild, using both to try to incite conflict on such a wide scale that it would generate large amounts of quintessence to facilitate his ultimate aim: to open the Dragon's Gate, seize the quintessence of a dragon, and gain unparalleled power. Though he succeeded in opening the Dragon's Gate and releasing several dragons, he was killed by Eliwood of Pherae and his army before he could execute his plan.
What Nergal never realizes is that his true goal behind opening the gate was to regain his children, he only questioned his desire for power in his dying moments.
In the English version of Fire Emblem, Nergal's dialogue mentioning his wife, Aenir, is subject to a translation error or some sort of ambiguity, that may also be a translation error in itself. This has led to much confusion to the name of Ninian's mother, with many people thinking Ninis's Grace is named after her mother. This also significantly changed the implications in Nergal's death quote, as well as Nils' crying after Nergal's death.
|“||Daddy has to go to Aenir... I’m going to get Mommy.||”|
— Nergal in Chapter 19x pt 2H: A Glimpse in Time
The first issue is in Chapter 19x pt 2H: A Glimpse in Time, a Hector mode exclusive sidequest with obtuse unlock requirements. In a scene where Nergal is instructing his children, Ninian and Nils, to go through the Dragon's Gate if he does not return, he mentions "Aenir" but the localization's wording is most likely to be read as "Aenir" being the location that their mother is at. The Japanese version explicitly refers to Aenir as the mother.
|“||[...] More power... I must be...stronger... I... Why? Why did I... want power? ......Quintessence?||”|
— Nergal's death quote
The second issue is his previously mentioned death quote. In the Japanese version Nergal refers to Aenir instead of quintessence. The words are similar in the Japanese version, as quintessence is called "Ægir". Compounding on the issue, the way Nergal says it in Japanese seems to make it intentionally ambiguous as to him saying "Ægir" or "Aenir".
However, close scrutiny at the spelling of his dialogue shows he is remembering Aenir in his death quote. This nuance is lost in the international release for several reasons, though mostly due to Ægir being renamed Quintessence and the localization seemingly not catching that Aenir was the name of Nergal's wife in the first place.
Nergal is playable as a SpotPass character, released in the Fire Emblem character set. Nergal is also present as an enemy in the second and third installments of the Smash Brethren DLC series, as well as in the first and third installments of Rogues & Redeemers. Nergal also appears as an ally in Rogues & Redeemers 2.
Starting stats and growth rates
Growth rates when reclassed
Promotion stat gains
Archer Barbarian Cavalier Dark Mage Fighter Knight Mage Mercenary Myrmidon Priest Tactician Thief Wyvern Rider
Like all male bonus units in Awakening, Nergal has access to all base class and advanced class skills available to standard male units.
|“||Be prepared. You are to be witness to a power that overwhelms all!||”|
— Nergal, in the final chapter of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.
Nergal: So you're here, Eliwood. I thought losing Ninian might distract you. Have you forgotten her so quickly? How heartless.
Eliwood: I haven't forgotten. I'll never forget. It was my mistake that killed Ninian. Because of that...I will fight. I will not run away and hide in sorrow... I'm going to put an end to all this!
— Against Eliwood in Eliwood's tale.
Nergal: So you've come, Hector of Ostia. Your existence itself was my greatest miscalculation. If it had only been Eliwood, this could have been over. So, my little miscalculation, I will erase you. And leave no trace remaining.
Hector: Do your worst!!
— Against Hector in Eliwood's tale.
|“||Nergal: Did you know, Eliwood? What happened to your friend Hector? What he was thinking as he fought by your side?
Nergal: Heh heh... It's a pity. If only he had been free to return to Ostia.
Eliwood: I know that I've caused much pain for my friends. But that is why... I will not lose here today!!
— Against Eliwood in Hector's tale.
Nergal: I cannot understand you, Hector of Ostia. Why would you do all this for Eliwood? Is this miserable thing called friendship worth dying for?
Hector: I don't expect you to understand. You've forgotten what it means to be human! Nergal! My connection to you...it's over! I'm finishing everything up right here!!
— Against Hector in Hector's tale.
|“||Nergal: Little girl from Sacae... You'd do well to vanish. One such as you is no match for me.
Lyn: The nomads of the plains do not abandon their fellow tribespeople. Eliwood and Hector are my dear friends... Their sorrow is my sorrow. Their anger is my anger.
Lyn: Nergal! In my friends' names, I will cut you down!
— Against Lyn.
Nergal: Uhn? Who do you think you are?
Nino: You will pay! You stole my family from me, and you will pay, Nergal!!! I will avenge them all!
Nergal: Now, I see... You're Sonia's...
— Against Nino.
Nergal: Hmph... It's you, Jaffar? Turning your sword against me, your master? Do you forget who raised you? You are worthless.
Jaffar: ...Wrong. I am a man.
Nergal: Oh, really? If so, then I will give you a man's death!
— Against Jaffar.
|“||Renault: ...Nergal, do you remember me?
Nergal: Hah. You are... Renault. So you're still seeking out a wretched existence?
Renault: I went astray. I listened to your honeyed words... I dreamt of the impossible...the return of a lost soul. But...what you gave me was...a puppet... It was soulless...nothing more than an empty vessel!!
Nergal: Just an empty vessel... Isn't that what you wanted? You desired to bring back your dead friend. You were my experiment, and I completed my morph. I'm grateful, Renault. Thanks to you, I gained power.
Renault: You villain... You cursed him! Your crime can never be forgiven! I will end you with my hands. In the name of my lost friend!
— Against Renault.
Nergal: Heh heh... Athos... Take a good look at me! At my tremendous power!
Athos: Already...words are useless. As an old friend...I will fulfill my duty.
— Against Athos.
|“||Why? Why must I lose? Gaa... Not like this... I will not die...like this. With my last breath... tremble...and...despair. Hwah ha ha... Ha... ha ha ha...||”|
— Nergal's default quote
|“||Why? Why must I lose? More power... I must be...stronger... I... Why? Why did I... want power? Gaa... Not like this... I will not die...like this. With my last breath... tremble...and...despair. Hwah ha ha... Ha... ha ha ha...||”|
— Nergal's death quote if two Kishuna chapters are visited and Kishuna is defeated
|“||Why? Why must I lose? More power... I must be...stronger... I... Why? Why did I... want power? ......Quintessence*? ...Don't...under...stand... but... Gaa... Not like this... I will not die...like this. With my last breath... tremble...and...despair. Hwah ha ha... Ha...ha ha ha...||”|
— Nergal's death quote if all Kishuna chapters are visited and Kishuna is defeated
* This is a translation error, he is supposed to be asking about Aenir.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Nergal is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Nergal|
|Man Experiencing the Forbidden, Nergal|
||"I will call forth a dragon and claim its quintessence. I will harness a power never before seen on this world. And I will become this world's master. That is my desire."|
|Attack: 60||Support: 0||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 5|
|Class: Dark Druid||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 4|
|"Tremble and despair...": [Trigger] [Once per turn]  When an ally attacks, you may pay the cost and if you do: Until the end of combat, your opponent's support card will fail to support the defending unit.|
Ereshkigal: [Always] During your turn, if your have more cards in your hand than your opponent, this unit gains +20 attack.
|Card #B13-046HN • Artist: Yoneko|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Nergal .
- Nergal is one of the few characters in the Fire Emblem series that has alternate portraits for facing both ways, likely due to his prominent asymmetrical scarring. The only other character that has received this treatment instead of simply flipping their portrait is Chrom in Awakening.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Nergal||Nergal was a Mesopotamian deity associated with death, noon and the summer solstice.|
|Japanese||ネルガル||Officially romanized as Nergal; as above.|
- Nergal appears as a young adult in the flashback during Chapter 19x pt 2: A Glimpse in Time, which is 980 years before the events of The Blazing Blade.
- Fire Emblem 7: Nergal Artbook Translation | kantopia, www.kantopia.wordpress.com, Retrieved: 9 August 2018
- "In Chapter 19x pt 2 there is a flashback scene featuring a man and two children, who look suspiciously like younger versions of Nergal, Nils and Ninian. The man says “Daddy has to go to Aenir...I’m going to get Mommy”. This line was mistranslated and is supposed to read “Daddy has to go and get Aenir... Mommy”. In other words, Aenir is not the name of a place, but their mother." — VincentASM, Issues, Serenesforest.net(webpage), Published: ?, Retrieved: May 5th, 2015
- "So then, how did this happen if they got a lot of other things right? Well, it’s not entirely their fault. In the Japanese version, the word that translated to “Quintessence” was “Aegir.” You can already see where the problem came from. In his dialogue, he says “Ae...r” specifically with the third syllable (ni or gi) missing. The beauty of this is, in Japanese, that he could be referring to either Aenir or Aegir, which fuels that sort of confused daze he is in for a moment, obsessing over Aegir when his real reason was Aenir, see?" — Kirokan, Fire Emblem 7 – Comparing Nergal’s True “Why did I want power?” Dialogue [JPN/ENG], kantopia.wordpress.com, Published: September 22nd 2015, Retrieved: June 18th 2016
- "However. The game always wrote (in every instance I saw) “Aegir” as エーギル and “Aenir” as エイナール. Note that the original dialogue for the above has エイ instead of エー at the beginning –which is used exclusively for Aenir. For those who speak Japanese, this gets more complex yet more straightforward, as エー is ee, but エイ is as well! They both represent a long vowel, and so I figure this was to specifically differentiate the two very similar words." — Kirokan, Fire Emblem 7 – Comparing Nergal’s True “Why did I want power?” Dialogue [JPN/ENG], kantopia.wordpress.com, Published: September 22nd 2015, Retrieved: June 18th 2016
- Nergal - Ancient History Encyclopedia, www.ancient.eu, Retrieved: 9 August 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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