Helswath (スワンチカ Suwanchika, Swanchika in the Japanese version) is a holy Axe from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. This axe was once wielded by the Crusader Neir, bestowed upon him by an unidentified Divine Dragon during the Miracle of Darna. The Helswath is the property of Neir's descendants, who are the heirs to the dukedom of Dozel.
In Genealogy of the Holy War, Helswath grants its wielder bonuses of +20 Defense and +10 Resistance. This axe may only be wielded by users possessing major Neir holy blood, with the only characters fulfilling this criteria being Lombard, Brian and Danann. The axe is always wielded by an enemy unit and is thus unobtainable.
Helswath reappears in Fire Emblem Awakening, where it is wielded by Tigris in Chapter 22. Much like the other Crusaders' Holy Weapons, Helswath's power has greatly waned over the millennia, and its blood link along with it. It is also, along with Valflame, Gungnir and Mjölnir, an obtainable weapon for the player for the first time.
Background[edit | edit source]
Helswath later appears in the Final Chapter, where it is observed to have been inherited by Brian, the oldest grandson of Lombard. Leading the charge against Seliph's army after Edda Castle is conquered with the Grauen Ritter Brigade, Brian eventually falls in the attempt. The whereabouts of Helswath following Brian's death is unknown.
After a 3,000 year absence, Helswath reappears alongside Balmung, Yewfelle, Gungnir and Valflame in the hands of the Deadlords, whom had been summoned by Aversa in Chapter 22 in Awakening. However, it is unknown as to how the Grimleal managed to obtain these legendary weapons in the first place.
Weapon Stats[edit | edit source]
Grants its user a bonus of +5 Defense.
Item Locations[edit | edit source]
|Dropped||Tigris (Ch. 22)|
|Treasure||Xeno. 15 - Random from Chest.|
Etymology[edit | edit source]
"Helswath" is a possible portmanteau of the words "Hel" and "swath". Hel, or Hela, was the Norse goddess of the underworld (like Hell), while to "swath" something means to cut something with a scythe.
"Swanchika" vaguely sounds like the word "swastika." While the swastika symbol has become notorious in the West as a symbol of Nazi Germany, it actually has roots in many South Asian religions, like in Hinduism and Buddhism, and it symbolizes overcoming all obstacles.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Helswath is wielded by Cherche in her official artwork and her Cipher TCG artwork.
- Cherche's portraits in Fire Emblem Heroes also depict her wielding Helswath.
- Cherche's personal weapon in Heroes, Cherche's Axe is visually based on Helswath's Awakening design.
- The Japanese name Swanchika references a Swastika, so Nintendo changed it in the West to avoid Nazi symbolism.