|“||She is an odd character. She is known to some as the Mountain Hermit...||”|
Niime (Japanese: ニイメ Nimue), widely known as the "Mountain Hermit", is an Elibean scholar and sorceress famous for her research on dark magic and the Scouring. She is the mother of four sons, among them Canas, and raised Canas's son Hugh following his death.
Niime was arrested by the Bern occupation army in Ilia, and under Bishop Martel's orders she was forced to use an ancient tome to summon a rain storm in order to obstruct the approach of Roy and the Etrurian army. Instead, however, she used it to freeze the rivers and make a clearer path to Martel for Roy. Once the battle was over, she approached Roy, told him everything she knew of Bern's use of dragons, and joined his army.
Following Roy's successful capture of the Sacaen capital Bulgar, Niime sought an audience with him, piquing his attention with her mention of manaketes. She told him everything she knew of Bern and the manaketes in its service, and joined his army.
Starting stats and growth rates
Niime is a pre-promoted Druid that joins fairly late regardless of which route the player chooses, though she joins one chapter earlier in the Ilia route. Niime has rather terrible growths in all areas, but makes up for it with high bases and weapon level, most notably her A rank in staves. Because of her ability to use Warp at base and her high magic, Niime is considered the best warper in the game, as other characters such as Saul are unlikely to get equally high magic in faster playthroughs or even reach such a high staff rank. Because every map in The Binding Blade is a seize map, most maps can be warp-skipped by warping a strong boss killer such as Rutger or Perceval to the boss, dancing for Niime, and warping Roy to the throne so he can seize it. Niime is an excellent user of other staves as well, due to her aforementioned high magic base. While Niime's low defense and HP limit her combat prowess, her high magic and the enemies' generally low resistance enables her to deal high damage without taking a counter attack, and if given a Body Ring, a Speedwing, and a Seraph Robe she can be an excellent unit for dealing with the wyverns in Chapter 21 with Nosferatu. Overall, Niime is an excellent pre-promote, likely eclipsing even other trained magic users and is an invaluable asset on hard mode as a staff bot.
Personality and character
Described by Canas as an "odd character", Niime is renowned as a scholar. As a researcher on the Scouring, Niime is fascinated by dragons, but as a result of the vast majority of sources on the subject portraying dragons in a negative light, she too at first accepts the claims describing them as inhuman terrors. Her experiences with Fae changed her views: at first she assumed her to be dangerous and presumably intended to harm or kill her, but rapidly learned otherwise and changed her mind, realizing the folly of killing Fae to preserve "peace".
Niime is a strong believer in the superiority of dark magic over other forms. She once attempted to convince Canas's wife, an anima mage, to adopt the practice of dark magic instead, relenting only because of her exceptional skill with anima magic. She is particularly abrasive toward Hugh for this reason, among others, but ultimately she still holds some fondness for her sole grandson.
- Main article: Niime/Supports
Niime - Mountain Hermit
Short: Disappeared in the mountains.
Long: Niime returned to her secluded home in the mountains and continued her research. It was rumored she solved many of the world’s mysteries, but she left no records so none can know for sure.
|“||This is it! The power I've been searching for!!||”|
— Niime, in the Final Chapter of The Binding Blade.
|“||Heh heh. Well, I had a decent life...||”|
— Niime, in The Binding Blade.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Niime is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Niime|
|Mountain Hermit, Niime|
|"I am Niime. I live in the mountains, where I study arcane magic. Some call me the Mountain Hermit."|
|Attack: 60||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 5|
|Class: Druid||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 4|
|Unfathomable Dark Power: [Activate]   Your opponent chooses 2 cards from their hand, and send them to the Retreat Area.|
Ancient Tome: [Activate] [Once per turn] Choose 1 non-lord enemy, and destroy them. This skill cannot be used unless your opponent has no cards in their hand.
|Card #B13-048HN • Artist: Doji Shiki|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Niime .
|The Binding Blade||The Mountain Hermit. Has devoted
her life to research and study.*
- Niime was initially listed as Nimue on the Fire Emblem Heroes Choose Your Legends poll. This was corrected a few days in.
- Niime is mentioned in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade in Canas and Pent`s B support conversation. Canas mentions how Niime is his mother, which causes Pent to exclaim that "Every mage knows of Niime the Hermit", indicating her fame among magic users, and quickly rushes to tell his wife Louise that he has met the son of Niime.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Officially romanized as Nimue.
Artwork of Niime from The Binding Blade.
- Fire Emblem 6: Nimue Artbook Translation | kantopia, www.kantopia.wordpress.com, Retrieved: 22 March 2018
- "Pent: ...Unbelievable. Are you telling me that this book was written by someone still alive!? Your mother... How could...
Canas: Her name is Niime. She is an odd character. She is known to some as the Mountain Hermit...
Pent: Canas! You are the son of Niime!?
Canas: ...You know of her?
Pent: Every mage knows of Niime the hermit!! ...So you are the hermit’s child... That is...remarkable..." — Pent and Canas, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- "A dragon... Archenemy of mankind... But something's...strange... The dragons described in the old scrolls were nothing like that. They were much more...inhuman." — Niime, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "What a fool I was... I thought of doing such horrible things to that innocent girl... Thinking it would protect the human race... Hah. There's no point in peace obtained through such hideous measures." — Niime, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Niime: Your kindness comes from your father, and your talent for anima magic comes from your mother. Your stupidity... That's probably from your grandfather.
Hugh: What? My mom wasn't a Shaman?
Niime: I was determined at first to make my son's wife a shaman. But your mother was a fine young lady with a distinct talent for anima magic, so I caved... ...I was so proud of them both... And yet they died so young..." — Niime and Hugh, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Niime: Harumph! If I dropped dead who would keep my pathetically helpless grandson in line? So tell me. It was three years ago I sent you out to study the darkness. I hope you have a good excuse for using that putrid anima magic.
Hugh: Actually, I became a mage.
Niime: ...I must finally be going deaf. I thought I heard you say you became a mage.
Hugh: Oh, sorry, I'll say it so you can hear. I! USE! ANIMA! MAGIC! NOW!
Niime: You...you blundering failure! You dare show your face in front of me?!" — Niime and Hugh, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Hugh: I'm sorry that all you have left is a pathetic failure of a grandson.
Niime: ...... Don't be. How I missed yelling at you while you were gone. Perhaps misbehaving children really are the most precious after all. All I want for you is to live a long and fulfilling life, Hugh." — Hugh and Niime, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Niime: Well, well... You.
Yoder: Yes, hello. You seem to be doing well.
Niime: Heh... You've become an old man since the last time I saw you.
Yoder: Oh, yes, it's so embarrassing. But you're as youthful as ever I see.
Niime: ...Is that sarcasm?
Yoder: Not at all. ...It truly has been a long time. How many years ago was it?
Niime: Forty...no, fifty years? A long time...
Yoder: Yes... Indeed.
Niime: ...I think I finally understand how you felt back then.
Yoder: Yes, and I, you.
Niime: But that was a long time ago... A time that will never return. Our paths split that day. They'll never cross again." — Niime and Yoder, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Nimue, www.behindthename.com, Retrieved: 22 March 2018
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|