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Zofia

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Zofia

FESoV Zofia castle.png

Capital

Zofia Castle

Government

Kingdom

Continent

Valentia

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 (pronounced /zoʊˈfiə/?[1]; 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.

History

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.[2] 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;[3] at some point in their history, Rigel sent to Zofia the Royal Sword as a symbolic gift of national friendship.[4]

Eons later, by the year 603, Mila had mysteriously vanished through Duma's machinations, and her absence led to a famine across Zofia.[5] Three years later, the Zofian general Desaix instigated a coup against the royal family after a decade of having its members assassinated, and afterward requested assistance in his conquest from Rigel. The Deliverance, 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 Desaix 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.

Ram

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.

Novis

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 Necrodragon.

Zofia Port

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

Desaix's Fort

The traitor Desaix 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
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Liprica
The late queen of Zofia, and a former priestess to Mila. Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
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Rima IV
The late king of Zofia. Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Portrait celica fe15.png
Celica
The exiled princess of Zofia, raised as a priestess in Novis. Gaiden, Awakening, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Portrait alm fe15.png
Alm
A hero from Ram, who leads the Deliverance. Gaiden, Awakening, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Portrait mycen fe15.png
Mycen
A retired Zofian knight of great renown. Gaiden, Awakening, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Portrait lukas fe15.png
Lukas
A Zofian soldier serving the Deliverance against Desaix. Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
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Gray
A villager from Ram. Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Portrait tobin fe15.png
Tobin
A villager from Ram. Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Portrait kliff fe15.png
Kliff
A villager from Ram. Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Portrait clair fe15.png
Clair
A Zofian knight who serves the resistance. Clive's younger sister. Gaiden, Awakening, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Portrait clive fe15.png
Clive
Former leader of the Zofian resistance against Desaix. Clair's elder brother. Gaiden, Awakening, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
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Python
A member of the Deliverance. Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Portrait forsyth fe15.png
Forsyth
A member of the Deliverance. Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
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Boey
A mage from Novis, and a companion of Celica. Gaiden, Awakening, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Portrait mae fe15.png
Mae
A mage from Novis, and a companion of Celica. Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Portrait genny fe15.png
Genny
A Mila cleric from Novis, and a companion of Celica. Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Portrait nomah fe15.png
Nomah
Archbishop of the Mila faith, and Celica's mentor. Gaiden, Awakening, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
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Slayde
Captain of the Zofian guard, and underling of Desaix. Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Portrait desaix fe15.png
Desaix
A former Zofian general who turned traitor and seized control of the kingdom. Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Gameplay

Zofia is the subject of Acts 1, 2 and 3 of Fire Emblem Gaiden. Act 1 charts Alm's journey from Ram to the Zofian capital, Act 2 charts Celica's journey from Novis to the same destination, and Act 3 depicts Alm's fight against Desaix 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.

Trivia

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Zofia As of Fire Emblem Awakening. Possibly derived from Sophia, an idealized embodiment of wisdom originating from Greek philosophy. The name may have been altered from "Sofia" 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.

Gallery

References

  1. "Two Armies" trailer for Shadows of Valentia"
  2. "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
  3. "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
  4. "Desaix 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
  5. "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 AlmAtlasBoeyCatriaCelicaClairCliveDeenDeltheaEstForsythGennyGrayJesseKamuiKliffLeonLukasLuthierMathildaMaeMycenNomahPallaPythonSaberSilqueSonyaTatianaTobinValbarZeke
Non-playable characters HalcyonLima 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 EmmaLandoShadeYuzu
Non-playable characters ForneusHalcyonIrmaLipricaMassenaMilaLima IV (TBA)
Bosses ArgentumAurumBarthBerkutBlakeCerberusThe CreationDeenDeltheaDesaixDolthDumaFernandGarthGarciaGazelleGharnGriethHadesHestiaJamilJedahJeromeLawsonMagnusMarlaMikhailMuellerNaberiusNuibabaRineaRudolfSlaydeSonyaTatarrahWolffXaizorZaksonZeke
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 Tower) • Zofia (Deliverance HideoutDragon ShrineSylvan ShrineTemple of MilaSeabound ShrineThieves' Shrine) • ArchaneaThabes
Groups, objects and concepts Book of Valentian RevelationsDeliveranceMila's TurnwheelTerrors (TBA)
Related topics Name chartDownloadable content • Other games (GaidenShadow Dragon and the Blade of LightAwakening) • TimelineUnused contentWorld map