Profile[edit | edit source]
Founded by the god-dragon of the same name and Thrasir, the first Empress of Embla, Embla once worked with the Askran kingdom to open and close the gates to other worlds. However, that changed when the Emblians let the gates open for their own ambitions. The Emblian royal line is affected by a blood curse in which eventually, each member of the royal family is plagued by violent thoughts and a voice that tells them to kill. This is one of the primary motivators in Prince Bruno of Embla's actions, and likely one for the others in the royal line as well.
Emblian Empire[edit | edit source]
The emperor of Embla sought to bring prosperity to his country by summoning and enslaving Heroes and waged war with Askr to his death, when the country declared the end of the war, as the crown passed to his second wife, the empress. This did not end amicably, as some people of that land took their lives as well, due to his renown. Peace went, until his daughter, Veronica, declared her intention to follow in her father's footsteps in bringing the Kingdom of Askr under Emblian control. Following this, she reignited the war once again. Askr forms the Order of Heroes in response, and brings Kiran, a summoner, to the world. Veronica attacks them with her own summoned heroes, and attempts to put a stop to Kiran's summoning by doing things such as destroying the summoning grounds and trapping them in other worlds, but she's thwarted every time. As Veronica begins to plagued by the curse of her bloodline, she moves on to other methods, such as working with Loki to begin the Tempest. Bruno chooses to go on a journey to attempt to remove the curse for the both of them, leaving Xander as Veronica's primary protector.
As Bruno journeys, Veronica allies herself with Múspell, as the king, Surtr, shares the same goal of destroying Askr. The two come to a disagreement as Surtr wants to raze the ground until there's nothing left, whereas Veronica still wants land she can conquer. Despite Xander's attempts to protect Veronica, Veronica is dragged to Múspell and almost used as a sacrifice for the Rite of Flame, but she's saved by Helbindi and Bruno.
When Embla and Askr are invaded by Hel, Veronica is forced to join forces with Alfonse as Hel's forces could easily overwhelm her own. Working together, they're able to stop Hel and her invasion, but the Emblian Empire and Askr have to enter an alliance again when nightmares from Dökkálfheimr invade them both. Veronica ends up fending off nightmares to buy time for the Order of Heroes to enter the Realm of Nightmares.
Alternate Emblian Empire[edit | edit source]
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The alternate Emblian Empire is another universe's version of the Emblian Empire that appears in Book III. In this Emblian Empire, Hel successfully conquered both it and Askr. That world's versions of Alfonse and Veronica, who go by the names of Líf and Thrasir to hide their identity, preform the Heart's Rite to combat Heel, utilizing the heart of Angrboða. This results in every subject of both of their kingdoms dying. Thrasir agrees to become a general of Hel to balance the cohort of the dead, in which by wiping out another realm, they could bring back their own.
Veronica, Alfonse, and the rest of the Order of Heroes enter alternate Embla to discover more clues about the Heart's Rite. After finding information about the Rite and the horrible tolls it took on Líf and Thrasir's realm, the group decides it's too dangerous to use in their own world, but they can take the heart of Angrboða from this Embla to defeat Hel, as the price had already been paid.
Notable Locations[edit | edit source]
- Embla Castle - The royal palace of Embla, home to Veronica. Veronica refuses Alfonse and Sharena access to it in Book III.
- Library of Embla - A location in Embla that had information on the heart of Angrboða.
- Temple of Blood - A temple that contains the heart of Angrboða.
Notable Emblians[edit | edit source]
Royalty[edit | edit source]
- Bruno – Eldest prince of Embla. He journeys to find a cure to the Emblian curse.
- Veronica – The younger imperial princess of the Emblian Empire who uses Heroes against the Askran Kingdom.
Other[edit | edit source]
- Xander - A prince from the World of Fates, he's a hero who chooses to stay by Veronica's side out of sympathy for her.
- Thrasir – A woman encountered in Hel who uses the name of the first Empress of Embla.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
The Japanese name for Askr, "Ask", and "Embla" are derived from Old Norse mythology. Ask representing a male form, whereas Embla represents a female respectively—were the first two humans, created by the gods. In Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, both sources, three gods, one of whom is Odin, find Ask and Embla and bestow upon them various corporeal and spiritual gifts.
In Old Norse, Embla theoretically means "elm tree" or "vine". The crest of Embla resembles a vine or tree.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Embla is the only kingdom whose every known inhabitants are playable only as Special Heroes.