Fire Emblem if: Niberungu no Hokan (ファイアーエムブレムif ニーベルングの宝冠, Fire Emblem if: The Crown of Nibelung in the Japanese version) is a manga whose plotline focuses mainly on Leo, the second royal prince of Nohr. It follows the Revelation route, and Corrin is depicted in her female incarnation.
The manga was serialized in the magazine Comic Zero-Sum, and began its run on January 28, 2017.
This manga is written and illustrated by Yugyoji Tama, an author specialized in fantasy-based josei manga (geared towards older girls and adult women) and whose works include +C Sword and Cornet, Azrael's Edge, and Telcel.
As said above, the story was published from 2017 to 2018 in the josei and shoujo manga magazine Comic Zero-Sum, by editorial Ichijinsha. It covers Chapters 1 to 17 of the game, and was published in two tankōbon volumes.
Author: Yugyoji Tama
- Vol. 1: 25 September 2017
- Vol. 2: 25 July 2018
Differences from the game
Though it follows the Revelation route, there have been many changes to the story mainly due to shifting the focus to Leo:
- The daily life in the Fortress is dwelled upon a little more. It's shown to be a quite big place than the game showed and it has a whole guard squadron keeping a watchful eye on its limits. There's also at least one more Maid in charge of Corrin's caretaking and the Fortress' housekeeping (aside of Felicia, Flora, Jakob and Lilith) . The Nohr siblings cherish their stays there since it lets them interact like an actual family.
- Corrin is implied to be a skilled seamstress, and her knack for exquisite gifts is also alluded to.
- She also has very acute senses, and is able to smell water in the air.
- Corrin has also been VERY sheltered, and completely unaware of the harsh life in Nohr. This starts to change as she goes into Clarkenstein and accidentally spots soldiers bringing the wounded Rinkah and Kaze in chains as prisoners of war; she then goes against orders and tries to get them released, much to Leo's chagrin. As the incident is dealt with (see below), Leo warns her about how cruel and harsh Garon has become, and how no one can openly defy them.
- There's also dwelling in the Nohrian family's daily life, which is extremely restricted. ie., at the start Leo wishes to speak to Xander but has to go past two guards to go into Xander's studio, Xander lightly reprehends him for going around on his own rather than in the company of at least one of his retainers, and he also is displased when Elise barges into their reunion despite Effie's attempt to stop her.
- The Clarkenstein villa is shown as a very luminous and ample place, which has expanded deeper into Earth over the years. It has magical pillars of light and decorative waterfalls.
- The internal strife within Nohr is shown more clearly, such as the economic costs of the war and how the common people are treated. ie., at the beginning the Nohr siblings spot a funeral procession and Leo makes a point to not mention it to Corrin.
- A talk between Xander and Gunter reveals that food shortages in Nohr have been critical during the winter when Corrin is released, including a famine that killed people near the Fortress. Xander is planning some drastic reforms to deal with that crisis, and there are talks about Sorcerers using their magical powers to modify Nohrian soil and make it better suited for agriculture.
- There's also a brief speculation between Xander, Camilla and Leo that the actual reason for Garon to let Corrin live outside the Fortress is to have her roped into an arranged marriage to further alliances with other countries, like Cheve.
- Several events, such as the introduction of My Castle, are either completely ignored or just skipped over.
- As My Castle does not exist, the Nohrian and Hoshidan groups march normally and have tents to tend to their needs. Guards and war batallions have a somewhat bigger role as well.
- The incident with Kaze and Rinkah is modified via having Leo use Brynhildr to throw them off a bridge, under the excuse that they'd be executed anyway. In reality he uses his powers to toss the two into a waterfall, and soon Niles and Odin retrieve their unconscious selves to "switch" them with actual corpses and let them escape.
- The circumstances behind Corrin's transformation into a Feral Dragon are somewhat different, as it was not solely because of Mikoto's death, but also due to Takumi accusing her for the latter's demise and entering into mental shock. In the game, Corrin screams in grief, and he only labels them guilty after they reverted back to human form.
- Furthermore, her transformation is more gradual; instead of transforming entirely, dragon appendages appear all over her body, along with scales and sharper teeth. Also, she is able to talk in this state, unlike in the game (though she is eventually able to after receiving her Dragonstone in the latter).
- Azura did not sing Lost in Thoughts All Alone to calm Corrin down and did not receive severe damage from her, though she was injured and sang briefly along with her efforts of appealing to her.
- Leo doesn't encounter Corrin in Izumo, instead, he finds her in the destroyed Cyrkensia theater, right after she stops Xander and Ryoma’s fight.
- Some villains were tweaked to have deeper, more complex portrayals:
- Garon, while acting generally the same, occasionally shows a glimpse of his once kind self. In example, at least once he mistakes Leo for his mother (one of his concubines) and speaks to him in a nicer tone than usual.
- Iago, though having a similar role to his game counterpart, is a much more sympathetic figure: While having a cold and calculated personality as he committed some heinous acts due to his position, especially to the Nohrian royals, he legitimately respected and cared about them, but loosened his moral compass due with Garon grooming him with the promise of Dragon's blood.
- Anankos is shown to have a fully human form similar to that of his Soul, but with runes and marks all over his limbs.
- With some research Leo figures some of the secrets behind Valla, like the curse that kills anyone who speaks about it outside its borders.
- It makes some references to other material related to Fire Emblem Fates, such as the drama CD. For example, it mentions the Clarkenstein villa within the imperial palace, where the Nohrian Royal Family officially resides.