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Nuibaba

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Nuibaba

FESoV Nuibaba.png
Artwork of Nuibaba from Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Gender

Male (Gaiden)
Female (Shadows of Valentia)

Race

Unknown

Age

124

Family
  • Unnamed ex-lover (deceased)
  • Unnamed sister (deceased)
Nationality

Rigelian

Starting class

Arcanist (Gaiden)
Witch (Shadows of Valentia)

Appearance(s)
The specter of love ever draws fools such as you like butterflies to nectar. And yet, the real feast is yet to come...when I dine upon your souls!
— Nuibaba

Nuibaba (Japanese: ヌイババ Nuibaba) is a minor antagonist first appearing in Fire Emblem Gaiden, in which he appears as an Arcanist who presides over Fear Mountain from his manor. He is presumably a high-ranking member of Duma's clergy, as he has Marla, Jedah's daughter, under his command to guard Fear Mountain. He wields the powerful magic spell, Medusa, which he is said to have received in exchange for his soul.[1]

Nuibaba was redesigned significantly in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, now appearing as a female Witch. Additionally, Nuibaba is stated to sacrifice girls from all over Rigel to monsters in order to preserve her youth.[2]

Fire Emblem Gaiden

Role

Nuibaba appears somewhat early in Act 4; he holds Tatiana hostage to keep Zeke under the control of Jerome.

The Mage Ring in his inventory makes him a formidable opponent, as it greatly increases the range of his Medusa spell.

Stats

Portrait nuibaba fe02.png
Arcanist
Level 10
Stats
Max HP 40 Luck 0
Magic 12 Defense 9
Skill 7 Resistance 8
Speed 8 Movement 4
Equipment Spells
Is nes02 ring.png Mage RingThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat. Fortify
Medusa
Weapons
Sword
X mark.png
Axe
X mark.png
B. Magic
Yes check.png
Lance
X mark.png
Bow
X mark.png
W. Magic
Yes check.png

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Role

For Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Nuibaba has been redesigned and is now a witch. She, like in Gaiden, holds Tatiana hostage to keep Zeke under Jerome's control.

Her role is expanded from Gaiden, she offers to perform sacrificial rituals and initiation rites for Berkut to obtain more power from Duma. She also gifts Berkut with a mirror containing potent magical power for him to use in a dire situation. Berkut rejects her offers though he does take the mirror; he later goes on to sacrifice Rinea on his own accord.

Stats

Normal Hard

Personality and character

Before the events of the game Nuibaba lived happily with a man with who she had fallen in love with. Unfortunately she was set upon one night by brigands and sustained a deforming wound to her face. Her love began avoiding her in favor of Nuibaba's younger and prettier sister. Eventually, wishing to be rid of Nuibaba, the man and her sister lured her to a remote location in the woods and threw her off a cliff, intending to kill her; she ends up surviving this by making a contract with spirit that had sensed her dying presence. After killing her former lover she secluded herself and turned her focus to extending her lifespan and enhancing her beauty using maidens collected from the region.[3]

Nuibaba seems to favor using love to trick people; she used an illusion of Celica to draw Alm to her manor.

Quotes

Battle quotes

...Go forth, Medusa! Now is the time you must fulfill your contract with me!
— Nuibaba in Gaiden.
Come forth, Medusa! Honor the pact you’ve sworn to me!
— Nuibaba in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, at the start of the battle.
Come close... Let me share with you death's embrace!
— Nuibaba in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Critical quotes

Now sleep!
— Nuibaba
*Giggles*
— Nuibaba
Excited yet?
— Nuibaba
I think not!
— Nuibaba

Death quotes

*gasp* No...
— Nuibaba's defeat voice clip in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
I-I have erred...
— Nuibaba in Gaiden
Ahhh... It cannot be... I won't be...
— Nuibaba in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Trivia

  • The opening to the fight against Nuibaba is the only map in the entirety of Gaiden to have any sort of chapter narration.
  • While referred to with male pronouns in the original game, Nuibaba is female in the remake. This could be due to the "baba" portion of his name could be construed as coming from old woman and the character's association with the female monster, Medusa.
  • Despite Nuibaba's class being changed to witch, Nuibaba is still referred to as an arcanist outside of gameplay.
  • In Gaiden, Nuibaba shares his portrait, magic spells, and stats with Gharn. However, Nuibaba has a Mage Ring while Gharn does not.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Nuibaba As of Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Japanese ヌイババ Officially romanized as Nuibaba.
Spanish Nuibaba As above.
French Nuibaba As above.
German Nuibaba As above.
Italian Nuibaba As above.
Dutch Nuibaba As above.

Gallery

Sprite Gallery
Portrait nuibaba fe02.png Arcanist
Bs fe02 enemy nuibaba arcanist magic.png
Black magic

References

  1. "By offering up her soul, she had purchased the very darkest of sortilege; a single word from her lips was enough to snuff out life itself." — Pre-map narration, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  2. "Nuibaba gathered young and comely girls from all across Rigel. She made sacrifices of them—fed them to monsters to preserve her own youth." — Cleric in Nuibaba's Abode, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  3. "A witch of the Duma Faithful. She is contractually bound to Medusa. She resides in a hall upon Fear Mountain and torments the locals in her vicinity alongside Jerome of Rigel. She became a witch not out of swearing oath to Duma, but by her own means simply to be beautiful and able to use dark spells. She seeks to preserve her youth by sacrificing beautiful young maidens from all across Rigel.

    There was once a time where she was a pretty young girl who lived happily with the man she loved. However, one night she was attacked by bandits who left a hideous wound on her face. The man started to avoid Nuibaba in favor for her prettier younger sister. Growing tired of Nuibaba’s presence, the man and the younger sister schemed and lured Nuibaba deep into the woods. There, they pushed her off a cliff. As Nuibaba lay on the brink of death, a ghastly apparition appeared before her –attracted to the scent of death. She formed a contract with it and found herself restored with the promise of a longer life. After taking revenge upon the man and sister who had backstabbed her, she secluded herself to the woods where she became obsessed with power and beauty, eventually becoming a witch. That lust for power drew her attention to Alm’s brand which would grant her both eternal youth and life.

    Despite her plan to stir up Berkut’s fiery spirit against Alm, he was defeated. After that, she tried to lure Alm to her abode by using a phantom of Celica, but he managed to break through that plan too."
    — XKAN, FE SoV: Valentia Accordion Page 115: Dolth & Nuibaba Profile Translations, Kantopia, Published: April 5 2018, Retrieved: April 5 2018


Project Characters.png This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.
Fire Emblem Gaiden
Playable characters AlmAtlasBoeyCatriaCelicaClairCliveDeenDeltheaEstForsythGennyGrayJesseKamuiKliffLeonLukasLuthierMaeMathildaMycenNomahPallaPythonSaberSilqueSonyaTatianaTobinValbarZeke
Non-playable characters HalcyonIrmaLima IVLipricaMassenaMila
Bosses BarthBlakeDeenDeltheaDesaixDolthDumaGarciaGarthGazelleGharnGriethHestiaJamilJedahJeromeLawsonMagnusMarlaMikhailMuellerNuibabaRudolfShizasSlaydeSonyaTatarrahWolffXaizorZaksonZeke
Personal weapons FalchionRoyal Sword
Acts 1: Zofia's Call • 2: The Pilgrimage • 3: War of Deliverance • 4: Land of Sorrow • 5: Together to the End
Locations ValentiaMila ShrinesNovisRigel (Fear Mountain ShrineLost TreescapeDuma Tower) • Zofia (Ram)
Groups, objects and concepts DeliveranceMonsters
Related topics Fire Emblem Gaiden (manga)Name chart • Other games (Shadow Dragon and the Blade of LightAwakeningEchoes: Shadows of Valentia) • Sound Test ModeTimelineUnused contentWorld map
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Playable characters Alm's
Party
AlmClairCliveDeltheaFayeForsythGrayKliffLukasLuthierMathildaMycenPythonSilqueTatianaTobinZeke
Celica's
Party
AtlasBoeyCatriaCelicaConradDeenEstFayeGennyJesseKamuiKliffLeonMaeNomahPallaSaberSonyaValbar
DLC EmmaRandalShadeYuzu
Non-playable characters ForneusHalcyonIrmaLipricaMassenaMilaLima IV
Bosses ArgentumAurumBarthBerkutBlakeBrigand BossCerberusThe CreationDeenDeltheaDesaixDolthDumaFernandGarthGarciaGazelleGharnGriethHadesHestiaJamilJarth*JedahJeromeLawsonMagnusMarlaMikhailMuellerNaberiusNuibabaRineaRudolfSlaydeSonyaTatarrahWolffXaizorZaksonZeke
Regalia and personal weapons Beloved ZofiaFalchionGradivusMercuriusParthiaRoyal Sword
Acts P: Alm and Celica • 1: Zofia's Call • 2: The Pilgrimage • 3: War of Deliverance • 4: Land of Sorrow • 5: Together to the EndAct 6
Locations ValentiaDuma's OrdealsMila's OrdealsRigel (Fear Mountain ShrineSecret ShrineLost TreescapeDuma TowerDuma Temple) • Zofia (Deliverance HideoutDragon ShrineNovisRamSylvan ShrineTemple of MilaSeabound ShrineThieves' Shrine) • ArchaneaThabes
Groups, objects and concepts Death MasksBook of Valentian RevelationsDeliveranceMila's TurnwheelTerrors
Related topics Ancient LettersName chartDownloadable content • Other games (GaidenShadow Dragon and the Blade of LightAwakening) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • SidequestsSound TestTimelineWorld map