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Valla (Japanese: 透魔王国 Invisible Kingdom) is an illusory kingdom that exists in a world separate from Hoshido and Nohr. The only consistent entrance into Valla is by jumping into the Bottomless Canyon, which sits between Hoshido and Nohr right at the border of the two kingdoms. This entrance opens and closes periodically every few decades, when the skies between Hoshido and Nohr switch places.
The kingdom boasts strange geometry, as the land and sky itself seems to be rent in pieces, and floats about seemingly at random. It is unknown if the kingdom was always like this or Anankos did this when he destroyed it. Another strange feature of the kingdom is the very powerful curse placed over it, also created by Anankos. Anyone who speaks of Valla outside its borders vanishes into seafoam, never to be heard from again. The age of this curse is somewhat unspecified, but there seems to be no written or historical knowledge of the kingdom outside of it, so presumably the curse is quite old.
Long before the events of Fire Emblem Fates the kingdom was a prosperous place under its lineage of kings and the guidance of Anankos. However, Anankos fell to degeneration like the Archanean dragons and became crazed. After Anankos killed the Vallan king and the kingdom's inhabitants, Arete, the king's wife, and her child Azura, along with Mikoto and her child Corrin fled the ruined kingdom. Arete made her way into the Nohrian upper class as one of Garon's wives and Mikoto ended up in Hoshido and wed Sumeragi.
During his reign, Anankos formed an army comprising of soldiers raised from the dead, similar to how Grima formed the Risen. These soldiers are surrounded by a violet aura and will turn semi-invisible when attacking. They will not perform their victory animations after defeating an enemy, instead resuming their neutral pose after doing so. The Vallite soldiers' portraits give them glowing purple eyes and the aforementioned violet aura.
Notable locations in Valla
Characters from Valla
|A Silent Dragon, and one of the First Dragons. He is also the progenitor of the Hoshidan and Nohrian royal families.||Fates|
|Deceased queen of Valla, married Garon sometime after fleeing the country. She was killed by the Vallan curse when she tried to tell someone of her kingdom's plight.||Fates|
|An alleged Nohrian princess kidnapped by Hoshido.||Fates, Heroes|
|Arete's sister, married Sumeragi some time after leaving Valla.||Fates, Heroes|
|A person of noble heritage raised in Nohr. Of some sort of dragon heritage.||Fates, Heroes|
|An Astral Dragon and daughter of Anankos.||Fates, Heroes|
|A Vallite working for Anankos.||Fates|
|Genealogy of Valla|
|An unbroken line indicates direct descent. A dashed line (╍) indicates descent across multiple undefined generations. A double line indicates marriage and/or had children together; italics indicates the spouse from outside the family. Important relatives not directly connected with Valla's royal family are marked in gray.|
- Birthright is the only path in which Valla does not appear or is mentioned at all during the storyline.
- Valla likely takes some inspiration from Valhalla in Norse mythology:
- A realm inhabited by einherjars; deceased warriors resurrected for the purpose of serving the gods, similar to the Vallite warriors fought in Valla.
- Valhalla translates to "Hall of the Fallen" and "Hall of the Slain".
- It is sometimes depicted as a heaven like environment in the sky, just like Valla.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Valla||Presumably a shortening of Valhalla, the Norse version of the afterlife where accomplished warriors go after death.|
- "That over there is the royal capital of Valla, the stone castle Gyges" — Anthony, Fire Emblem Fates