In the land of Nintendo, when it comes to women, they’re often either left to be captured and rescued or lent as support characters while the heroes do all the work. (With some exceptions.) But that stereotype was FAR from true with Fire Emblem, and it gave the gift of a woman with as much fight if not more then your typical knight in shining armor. Get ready to represent the times of old as we look at Lyndis of the Pherae territory.
First, a slight history lesson about the game to those who might be unaware: Fire Emblem was, at first, a game Nintendo produced that was released in Japan only. It was their own original turn-based RPG that wasn’t produced by Square Enix and based on the medieval/feudal times. Awareness of the series came when two characters, Marth and Roy, were included as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee. As a result of this, interest in the game built and the demand for international releases of Fire Emblem was high, leading to the localization of the games starting with Fire Emblem on the Game Boy Advance. Even though “Fire Emblem” was the first title in the states, it was actually the seventh of the overall series under the name Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword. The games as a whole dates back as far as 1990, at least 4-5 years after established RPGS like Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy got their names heard.
Whether it was the first or seventh title, this title in general brought forth Lyndis, one of the three main characters of the GBA game. She lived a tough life as her parents were killed by bandits, and took up swordfighting when meeting a mysterious tactician to fight for herself as well as avenging her late parents. In her travels, she saved a priest from a mercenary attack and was given a legendary sword known as the Mani Katti. In an Excalibur-like moment, she became the only person to unsheath the sacred weapon and assigned as its’ rightful owner. Despite her caring nature, she does not hesitate to eliminate the bandits from the same clan as the ones who murdered her parents. So it’s best for anyone close to her who isn’t a bandit to stay on her good side.
Essentially, her story serves as a tutorial for players before moving onto the main plot that involves her fellow Pherae lords Hector and Eliwood in their pursuit of a Dark Druid named Nergal, a man out to call dragons into the world and ruling the land with an iron fist. It’s a long journey for the three lords but eventually with their Divine Weapons powered and overall skills, they’re able to overcome him and depending on the “A Support” character she’s assigned with whether it’s Eliwood, Hector, or Rath she marries and ends up being the mother of a future Fire Emblem character. (Including Roy, the main character of Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals who was playable in Smash Bros. Melee.) Otherwise, Lyn returns to her homeland with one of the other support characters.
Lyn may not have the same recognition as other well-known Nintendo ladies but she is still thought of fondly by those who gravitated towards Fire Emblem. As a matter of fact, she was even included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an assist trophy who KOs anyone in her way. So Nintendo holds her in a very high regard. And who can blame them when she’s more capable as both warrior and a noble? Even with her limited exposure, Lyn stands out to be a video game babe of royal proportions.
This is Greg P., examining video game babes for you and me.