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Zofia Castle





He came into violent dispute with his younger sister Mila, who dreamed of a paradise in which all living beings could frolic in freedom.
— Prologue of Gaiden

Zofia (Japanese: ソフィア Sofia) is a nation occupying the southern half of the continent Valentia. It was founded under the guidance of its patron deity, the Earth Mother Mila, and through Mila's pacifistic philosophy the people of Zofia came to adopt peaceful, hedonistic ways.


Zofia was founded in antiquity as a result of the schism between Mila and Duma, each of whom set out to found their own nation in half of Valentia to embody their ideals and philosophies. As a believer in peace above all else, Mila sought to build a paradise where all who lived there could live freely, which led the people of Zofia to forget about toil while emphasizing leisure.[1] Despite the mutual distrust between Zofia and its Duma-founded rival Rigel, they were bound by a pact between the gods to ensure peace between them;[2] at some point in their history, Rigel sent to Zofia the Royal Sword as a symbolic gift of national friendship.[3]

Eons later, by the year 603, Mila had mysteriously vanished through Duma's machinations, and her absence led to a famine across Zofia.[4] Three years later, the Zofian general Dozer instigated a coup against the royal family after a decade of having its members assassinated, and afterward requested assistance in his conquest from Rigel. A liberation force led by the knight Clive formed to oppose him, but when the tide turned against them, they sent an appeal to the retired warrior Mycen in the south-western corner of the nation. While Mycen declined, his adopted grandson Alm was given command of the army and turned the tide of the conflict, quickly driving Dozer and his supporters out of the capital. Meanwhile, the exiled princess Celica left on a journey to find Mila, eventually meeting Alm, her childhood friend, again.

Alm and Celica parted ways at the Zofian capital: Alm sought to lead an invasion of Rigel to put an end to the war, while Celica continued her quest for Mila through the Zofian deserts and later through Rigel's swamplands. By the time the war had come to an end, Alm had learned of his true identity as the Rigelian prince, and following his defeat of Duma, Alm and Celica married and reunified Rigel and Zofia into a single nation, the Kingdom of Valentia, with Alm as its first king.

Notable locations in Zofia

Zofia Castle

Zofia Castle is the nation's capital and the home of its royal family, found in the center of the kingdom's land.


Main article: Ram

The province of Ram, in the south-western corner of Valentia, is the home of Ram Village, where Alm and Mycen lived. The path between the village and the capital features Ram Forest and Ram Valley.


Main article: Novis Monastery

Novis Island, found off the south-east coast of Valentia, is the home of the Novis Monastery, where Celica was raised under the tutelage of the priest Nomah.

Sea Shrine

An isolated and abandoned Mila Shrine on an island off the Valentian coast is the lair of a Draco Zombie.

Zofia Port

The primary port of Zofia, on the eastern coast. Palla and Catria arrived here from Archanea in their search for Est.

Dozer's Fort

The traitor Dozer holds his headquarters in a fortress north of the capital, near the Rigelian border.

Temple of Mila

The greatest of all shrines to Mila is situated in Zofia's north-east, on the other side of a large desert. It holds a gateway leading to Rigel, but it is often inaccessible because the Gorge of Valentia runs through it.

Gorge of Valentia

The Gorge of Valentia is a great river which divides the two kingdoms. Its flow is controlled by a floodgate on the border's west, which Alm needed to access in order to lead an attack on Rigel. The gorge also runs through the Temple of Mila.

Characters from Zofia

Character Description Appears in
The late queen of Zofia, and a former priestess to Mila. Gaiden
Portrait celica 01 fe02.png
The exiled princess of Zofia, raised as a priestess in Novis. Gaiden, Awakening
Portrait alm fe02.png
A hero from Ram, who leads the Zofian liberation army. Gaiden, Awakening
Portrait mycen fe02.png
A retired Zofian knight of great renown. Gaiden, Awakening
Portrait luka fe02.png
A Zofian soldier serving the resistance against Dozer. Gaiden
Portrait gray fe02.png
A villager from Ram. Gaiden
Portrait robin fe02.png
A villager from Ram. Gaiden
Portrait qulyf fe02.png
A villager from Ram. Gaiden
Portrait silk fe02.png
A cleric of Mila's faith. Gaiden
Portrait clair fe02.png
A Zofian knight who serves the resistance. Clive's younger sister. Gaiden, Awakening
Portrait clive fe02.png
Former leader of the Zofian resistance against Dozer. Clair's elder brother. Gaiden, Awakening
Portrait paison fe02.png
A member of the Zofian resistance. Gaiden
Portrait fols fe02.png
A member of the Zofian resistance. Gaiden
Portrait boey fe02.png
A mage from Novis, and a companion of Celica. Gaiden, Awakening
Portrait mae fe02.png
A mage from Novis, and a companion of Celica. Gaiden
Portrait jenny fe02.png
A Mila cleric from Novis, and a companion of Celica. Gaiden
Portrait nomah fe02.png
Archbishop of the Mila faith, and Celica's mentor. Gaiden, Awakening
Portrait dozer fe02.png
A former Zofian general who turned traitor and seized control of the kingdom. Gaiden


Zofia is the subject of Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of Fire Emblem Gaiden. Chapter 1 charts Alm's journey from Ram to the Zofian capital, Chapter 2 charts Celica's journey from Novis to the same destination, and Chapter 3 depicts Alm's fight against Dozer in the north-west of Zofia and his quest for the floodgate to enter Rigel, as well as Celica's journey to the Temple of Mila through the eastern deserts.


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Zofia As of Fire Emblem Awakening. Likely derived from Sophia, an idealized embodiment of wisdom originating from Greek philosophy. The name may have been altered from "Sofia" to distinguish it from the character Sophia, who was also present in Awakening, or to distinguish it from Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
Japanese ソフィア Officially romanized as Sofia; as above.
Spanish Zofia As above.
French Zofia As above.
German Zofia As above.
Italian Zofia As above.



  1. "It was due to the gods that this land Valentia came to be divided into North and South. And in doing so they mistakenly involved themselves too deeply with the concerns of mankind. As a result, the people of Zofia forgot the meaning of toil, and the people of Rigel forgot the meaning of leisure. As things were, we would all certainly come to ruin." - Mycen, Fire Emblem Gaiden
  2. "But the "Pact of the Gods" upheld by Zofia and Rigel means we shouldn't come to blows, right? Our guardian, the Lady Mila, would never permit such a thing." - Alm, Fire Emblem Gaiden
  3. "Dozer escaped with the valuable "Royal Sword." That was a gift sent by the Rigelian Empire as a sign of friendship in the past. No normal person can use it. It's a special sword." - A man, Fire Emblem Gaiden
  4. "But Father, it's been three years since we last grew crops. What in the world befell the Earth Goddess Mila? I want to find out for myself." - Celica, Fire Emblem Gaiden
Fire Emblem Gaiden
Playable characters AlmAtlasBoeyCatriaCelicaClairCliveDeenDyuteEstFolsGrayJennyJeseyKamuiLeoLukaLuthierMachildaMaeMycenNomahPaisonPallaQulyfRobinSaberSilkSonyaTeetaValbarZeak
Non-playable characters HarkLipricaMassenaMilaRima IV
Bosses BlyDahhaDeenDolkDozerDyuteDumaGahhaGanephGarcieGazelGeyseHesteJamilJerowmJudaLosoMagnamMarlaMeularMichaelNuibabaRudlfSaizoShizasSlayderSonyaTatraWolfZackZeak
Personal weapons FalchionRoyal Sword
Chapters 1: To Zofia! • 2: Celica's Leave • 3: Liberty War • 4: Dismal Nation • 5: Reunion, Yet...
Locations ValentiaMila ShrinesNovisRigel (Lost WoodsTower of Duma) • Zofia (Ram)
Related topics Name chartLiberation Army • 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 AlmBoeyCelicaClairEfiGrayJennyKamuiLukaMaeQulyfRobinSaberSilkValbar (TBA)
Non-playable characters (TBA)
Bosses (TBA)
Personal weapons (TBA)
Chapters (TBA)
Locations ValentiaRigelZofia
Groups, objects and concepts (TBA)
Related topics Name chart • Other games (GaidenShadow Dragon and the Blade of LightAwakening) • TimelineUnused contentWorld map