“If that’s what it takes to be just, then I want nothing to do with justice. I’d rather be hated and feared like Mad King Ashnard. I’d rather the dark god take my soul. I’m going to save my people, Sothe. If the rest of the world paints me as a beast to be reviled and hated, so be it.”
—Micaiah, to Sothe in Radiant Dawn
Micaiah, also known as the Silver-Haired Maiden, is a playable character, primary protagonist of the first part of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, and one of the two main protagonists in the overall story. She is a wielder of Light Magic and the de facto leader of the Dawn Brigade.
She has a unique skill, Sacrifice, which allows her to give up some of her HP to heal a selected unit.
Before The Mad King's WarEdit
Before Mad King Ashnard declared war on Crimea, Micaiah's early occupation was that of a fortune teller in Daein. During this time, she met a young boy named Sothe, and they promised to look after each other forever. However, due to the fact that Micaiah was Branded, the prospect of Sothe traveling with her and catching the backlash of the prejudice she would receive was unthinkable, and with that, she left him. They were reunited after the war, whereupon she promised never to leave him again.
Occupation of DaeinEdit
After the Mad King's War, the Begnion occupation forces took control of Daein. During this time, Micaiah reunited with Sothe, who was one of the Crimean soldiers serving under Ike during the Mad King's War.
Micaiah and Sothe then proceed to join up with Nolan, Edward, and Leonardo and form the Dawn Brigade, a group of freedom fighters officially led by Nolan to fight for a free Daein. Micaiah greatly distrusts Ike, blaming him for Daein's plight, despite never having fought alongside him during the Mad King's War.
The Liberation ArmyEdit
The Dawn Brigade unearth a rumor that the son of Mad King Ashnard, Prince Pelleas, is secretly raising a liberation army in Daein's Desert of Death. The Dawn Brigade finds an abandoned fort in the desert where Pelleas is supposedly hiding out, helping the then-small Liberation Army defend against the attacking Begnion soldiers.
Once the soldiers have retreated from the area, the Dawn Brigade meet up with Prince Pelleas and his assistant, Izuka. Pelleas recognizes Micaiah instantly as the Silver-Haired Maiden, and immediately appoints her as the vice-commander of the Daein Liberation Army. At first, Micaiah and Sothe are reluctant to accept the role Pelleas is imposing upon them, but eventually decide to comply.
Once Daein is freed from Begnion's rule, Pelleas promotes Micaiah as the supreme commander of Daein's armies. With Sothe and Volug, she resolves to restore Daein to its former glory, giving farewell to some of her allies as they left for other lands, and reflecting with Muarim on what her brand had meant to her life.
War with the LaguzEdit
When the Laguz Alliance learns that Begnion has committed the unforgivable crime of killing an innocent Laguz messenger, alongside being responsible for the destruction of Serenes Forest, it then declares war upon said country. King Pelleas then proceeds to order Micaiah to lead Daein's armies into battle - on the side of the Begnion empire. At first, no one could come to an understanding as to why Pelleas has chosen to make such a decision, but it is later revealed that the king had unknowingly signed a blood pact with the Begnion Senate during his coronation ceremony after Daein's abdication from Begnion's rule. This essentially means that Daein is placed under full control of the Begnion Senate, to which it was ordered to eradicate the Laguz Alliance.
Ashera and YuneEdit
When the goddess Ashera is interrupted from her thousand-year slumber and awakens, she petrifies everyone on the continent of Tellius, including the vast majority of Micaiah and Ike's armies. The only non-petrified people are known as the "Chosen Ones", all of whom have been placed under the protection of Yune, the Goddess of Chaos. Yune intends to undo the petrification imposed upon the afflicted, but is unable to do it herself, as she lacks the power to do so. She then possesses Micaiah's body to explain that the only way to undo the petrification is to travel to the Tower of Guidance and defeat Ashera. Their first battle in its walls was with Lekain, still holding the Daein blood pact; after his defeat, Micaiah destroyed the pact and set Daein free from its yoke. During this time, it is revealed that Micaiah is Empress Sanaki's long-lost older sister, and the true apostle of Begnion. She fought in the final battle against Ashera, still as Yune's vessel, and through her Yune channeled all of her power to Ike to deal the final blow to Ashera.
After Ashera falls to the forces of the Chosen Ones, Sanaki implored her to stay in Begnion, but Micaiah declined, still dedicated to her true home of Daein, all the while confident in Sanaki's ability to restore Begnion. The two sisters resolved to work to bring their countries closer than ever, this time on equal terms. Micaiah will become the 15th Queen of Daein at her subjects' entreaty, ushering a new era of peace and prosperity after Pelleas. If the automatic A-rank support Micaiah shares with Sothe is retained until the end of the game, she will marry him.
Micaiah is a very caring and empathic individual, but tends to be somewhat bitter at times, a result of both her treatment as a Branded prior to the story and the abuse of Daein and its citizens by the Begnion Occupational Army. She cares deeply for the people of Daein, and refuses to stand idly by while they suffer under their control. She pays little mind to her own needs or even her health, always putting the people and her country first; indeed, her Sacrifice skill is effectively her self-sacrificing nature manifesting as a magical power.
While she used to live reclusively, her experiences in the Mad King's War changed her and led her to be devoted to caring for others. Micaiah has little interest in or taste for finery, and as a result in the days before the Laguz Alliance war, she eschewed using her lavish quarters in Daein Keep in favour of living among the people while assisting in the reconstruction of Nevassa.
Throughout her life she has been guided by her visions, and although she often wished she didn't have them and felt as if they were a burden, she nonetheless trusted in them to keep her life on the right path- when her foresight abilities weakened during the Laguz Alliance war, she felt lost without them.
Micaiah is extremely loyal to Daein and Pelleas, in whom she has absolute faith to a fault, to the point of fighting the Laguz Alliance even when she sees no reason to do so, and refusing to give up when faced by the Greil Mercenaries. Even as Pelleas refused to back down or allow surrender in the Laguz Alliance war, and even as she did not want to fight or to indulge her subordinates' racist bloodlust, she was dedicated to continuing to serve him without hesitation, believing him to be Daein's future. Upon learning of the truth of the blood pact, even as Pelleas felt doomed, she encouraged him not to give up and to find a way out, even going so far as volunteering to continue waging the war to buy Pelleas time despite her dislike of the conflict.
Initially, Micaiah held an extreme dislike of Ike as a result of his military actions being responsible for Daein's suffering under Begnion; this was compounded by Sothe's frequent references to his time serving under Ike and the role Ike had played in helping him mature, which greatly frustrated her. After meeting Ike herself while fighting for Begnion, his insistence on finding a way to peacefully resolve whatever problem compelled Daein to fight led her to understand why Sothe held him in such high regard, and so warmed significantly to him even while the two remained enemies.
|Part 1||Part 2||Part 3||Part 4||Endgame|
◎=Forced ○=Available □=Available for selected △=Reinforcement
Light - D
Promotion event happens at the end of Chapter 1-E.
* Only if Light mastery rank is at D.
Micaiah can be said to be a magical glass cannon, where her high growths in her key stats of Magic, Luck, and Resistance are offset by low Defense, Speed, and HP. This initially severely hinders her physical defensive capabilities, and she will seldom perform Double Attacks on opponents, while often being double-attacked herself by enemies with average or above average speed. Magic attacks will do little, if any damage to her thanks to her near unparalleled Resistance growth rate. Even after gaining enough Speed to avoid double attacks, Micaiah must generally be protected when enemies are near, as her avoid is usually not enough to consistently dodge attacks. Her forced promotion times may also leave her under-leveled, especially when she promotes into a Light Priestess.
However, Micaiah's personal Light Tome, Thani, is very useful, as it deals bonus damage to Paladins and Generals, frequently allowing her to kill them in one shot. Her high Magic also makes her useful for attacking many enemy units as most will have generally low Resistance, alongside her decent Skill and Light Tome's naturally high accuracy she will almost always land powerful and accurate hits. Her high Magic makes her useful with Staves, often resulting in her unique Sacrifice skill being overlooked once she promotes into a Light Sage. However, this skill can still be used to cure status conditions, a plus point in part 1 of the final few chapters, when the boss units are capable of inflicting Silence spells on everyone if Ena is not adjacent to the player's magic users.
On the whole, Micaiah may have certain flaws of her own, but can still prove to be a force to be reckoned with if properly trained.
To increase her usefulness with healing, one may give her a Seraph Robe, which will give her greater durability as well.
Also if one is not using Nephenee, Nealuchi or Edward in their final team, or decided to bench them early, Micaiah makes a great candidate for Wrath, as using Micaiah's unique ability; Sacrifice can safely bring her HP below 30% from the back lines. This essentially giving her a permanent +50% Critical Rate. One can also combine this with the Purge tome given to her in 3-13, making Micaiah an extremely deadly long-range unit, enough so that one might consider using Hammerne and/or blessing the Purge tome.
However, if you do use this tactic, be very wary of where you place Micaiah, as she will not survive anything outside of weak magic attacks with only 30% of her HP. On the flip side, the 50% critical she receives from Wrath can allow her to take out large threats that Thani would not cover. One should also consider giving her Miracle as a means of last-resort insurance.
Alternatively, giving her Gamble with Wrath ensures that she will have a 100% critical rate with reasonable accuracy. A forged Light tome with extra accuracy and might can be used to fully exploit this setup.
On higher difficulties, if survivability is an issue, give her Miracle and Resolve to survive fatal blows and prevent being doubled, respectively. Resolve will even allow her to double many enemies on Normal. If Miracle and Resolve do not suffice, one must use Shade or use a less aggressive strategy.
Should players have issues leveling her up due to her very low defense and HP, her unique ability, Sacrifice, can be used on maps with heal shrubs. Applying her to a heal shrub next to an injured unit is a fantastic way for her to gain levels, as Sacrifice always rewards 10 experience points.
If, by Part 1 endgame, Micaiah is underleveled, you can buy her a weak Light tome or two, and have her continuously attack one of the two Priests wielding Physic staves. This works well because the Priests regenerate 20 HP every turn, and intrinsically have high resistance. If necessary, give Micaiah Paragon to speed up the process. If you have extra cash, you could forge her a -2 might Light tome as well in order to prevent the Priests from dying.
*Enemy only; joins unequipped
Tome - C
*Enemy only; joins unequipped.
- Priestess of Dawn
- A member of the Dawn Brigade with silver hair and mysterious powers. As close with Sothe as a sister, though they're not related by blood. Appears in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
Priestess of Dawn
|Thani||-||14||2||Grants Res +3. Effective against armored and cavalry foes. |
Against armored and cavalry foes using bow, dagger, magic, or staff, damage from first attack received by unit during combat reduced by 30%.
|Distant Def 1||-||If unit is attacked by foe using bow, daggers, magic, or staff, unit receives Def/Res +2 during combat.||60||-||A|
|Distant Def 2||Distant Def 1||If unit is attacked by foe using bow, daggers, magic, or staff, unit receives Def/Res +4 during combat.||120||-||A|
|Distant Def 3||Distant Def 2||If unit is attacked by foe using bow, daggers, magic, or staff, unit receives Def/Res +6 during combat.||240||A|
|Guard 1||-||If unit's HP is >100% at start of combat, enemy is inflicted with Special cooldown charge -1.|
(If using other similar skill, only highest value applied.)
|Guard 2||Guard 1||If unit's HP is >90% at start of combat, enemy is inflicted with Special cooldown charge -1.|
(If using other similar skill, only highest value applied.)
|Guard 3||Guard 2||If unit's HP is >80% at start of combat, enemy is inflicted with Special cooldown charge -1.|
(If using other similar skill, only highest value applied.)
|Spur Atk 1||-||Grants adjacent allies Atk +2 during combat.||50||-||C|
|Drive Atk 1||Spur Atk 1||Grants allies within 2 spaces Atk +2 during combat.||120||-||C|
|Drive Atk 2||Drive Atk 1||Grants allies within 2 spaces Atk +3 during combat.||240||C|
Like her Radiant Dawn counterpart, Micaiah has mediocre Spd and a Def stat that leaves her extremely vulnerable to every physical unit in the game. However, she boasts high Atk and Res, making her a powerful Mage character overall that can deal with just about any mage in the game save particularly powerful Green mages. Micaiah's greatest strength is her possession of the legendary tome Thani, which deals effective damage to Cavalry and Armored units. In most arena battles, thanks in part to her Atk, unless encountering select Distant Counter units, Micaiah can almost single handedly dispatch an entire Armor or Cavalry team on her own with just a little bit of help from some powerful partners. Micaiah retains her unique Sacrifice, which she gives an ally as much health as she can based on the difference of the ally's missing health and her current HP pool, though cannot Sacrifice past 1 HP remaining on her. It is a powerful supportive skill that only she can use but using it requires a bit of care for her in the aftermath. Guard 3 is her Skill B which prevents enemies from gaining Special Cooldown. Finally, Drive Atk 2 boost allies' Atk if they are within 2 spaces of her. Micaiah in her base is one of the strongest Anti-Unit characters in the game, as her weapon dispatches two common team types in the high tiers of the Arenas.
As mentioned above, Micaiah has paper-thin Def with mediocre speed. Any physical unit that can get to her will dispatch her with ease. Forged Lightning Breath+ Nowi and Fae can easily target her defenses while not being affected by Thani's bonuses. Though some may struggle to get to her, if they can she is dealt with swiftly. Most green Mages can hold their own against her, especially strong green Mages like Nino and Spring Sharena and high Res ones like Gunnthrá and Sonya. Hector is basically her biggest bane, as, if he can survive her initiation, she is dead, even with her bonus damage to him. A Vantage-range Hector is basically un-killable for her.
Skill Inheritance OptionsEdit
Micaiah can keep her base skill set to moderate success though she wants a strong offensive attack, either Moonbow for quick raw damage increases or Iceberg to take advantage of her high Res. For more offensive power on the Player's turn, Distant Def can be replaced with Death Blow, giving her the power to secure kills on high priority targets. Desperation 3 combos off of Sacrifice to help her enter the damage range to use it and give her the follow up attack to guarantee a kill secure on most units including a non-Vantage-ranged Hector. Her high Res makes her a good candidate for Res Ploy 3 or other Ploy skill to further cripple her opponents.
- Summer's Dawn
- A member of the Dawn Brigade with silver hair who is a little apprehensive about wearing unfamiliar summer festival garb. Appears in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
|Dawn Suzu||-||14||2||Effective against armored and cavalry foes. |
Grants Atk +3. Disables unit's and foe's skills that change attack priority.
|Dance||-||1||Enables target to take another action. Cannot be used on units with Sing or Dance.||150||-|
|Atk/Res Bond 1||-||Grants Atk/Res +3 to this unit during combat if unit is adjacent to an ally.||60||-||A|
|Atk/Res Bond 2||Atk/Res Bond 1||Grants Atk/Res +4 to this unit during combat if unit is adjacent to an ally.||120||-||A|
|Atk/Res Bond 3||Atk/Res Bond 2||Grants Atk/Res +5 to this unit during combat if unit is adjacent to an ally.||240||A|
|Torrent Dance 1||-||If Sing or Dance is used, target also granted Res +3.||50||-||B|
|Fireflood Dance 1||Torrent Dance 1||If Sing or Dance is used, grants Atk +2 and Res +3 to target.||120||-||B|
|Fireflood Dance 2||Fireflood Dance 1||If Sing or Dance is used, grants Atk +3 and Res +4 to target.||240||B|
|Res Ploy 1||-||At start of turn, foes in cardinal directions with Res 1 or more lower than unit suffer Res -3 until the end of foe's next action.||60||-||C|
|Res Ploy 2||Res Ploy 1||At start of turn, foes in cardinal directions with Res 1 or more lower than unit suffer Res -4 until the end of foe's next action.||120||-||C|
|Res Ploy 3||Res Ploy 2||At start of turn, foes in cardinal directions with Res 1 or more lower than unit suffer Res -5 until the end of foe's next action.||240||C|
Part 1 Prologue
Micaiah: Ah... This can't be... Forgive me... Sothe...
Edward: M-Micaiah?! No... You can't die! We need you! Hold on! No! Wake up, Micaiah!
Part 1 Chapter 1
Micaiah: I'm sorry... I can't... go on... Sothe...
Leonardo: Micaiah?! No! You can't die, not in a place like this! Please, listen to me... Micaiah!
Part 1 Chapter 3
Micaiah: Everyone... Quick... outside... Sothe... I'm... sor...ry......
Kurth: Micaiah! No! This is my fault! If I had fought, this would never have happened...
Part 1 Chapter 4
Micaiah: ...Wait... That voice...it's still...calling... Sothe...
Sothe: Micaiah! No! You can't... Open your eyes! Micaiah!!
Part 1 Chapter 6
Micaiah: Forgive me...I knew...I couldn't...
Tauroneo: Lady Micaiah! If only we hadn't asked you so much......
Part 1 Chapter 7
Micaiah: Ah... I... I can't... Sothe... Save Daein... ...Save... every one...
Tormod: H-hey! Hang on! A little wound like this, you'll be up again in... in no time! So... just open your eyes...
Part 1 Chapter 8
Micaiah: Forgive me... I dragged...everyone into this... Sothe...
Rafiel: Micaiah... Why you? Why? Why?
Part 1 Chapter 9
Micaiah: Even if...I die...Daein...will surely...For...give me... Sothe...
Black Knight: The maiden is lost, and her miracles have run dry... Shall Daein's dreams also dissolve into dust?
Part 1 Endgame
Micaiah: ...Please...please, Sir Knight...
Save...Daein... Ahh... Sothe...
Black Knight: Maiden...
“My wounds... they're nothing! They're nothing compared to what my people have suffered! We won't lose! We'll never give up!”
Part 3 Chapter 13 vs Ike
Ike: Micaiah, we have to talk. This is insane.
Micaiah: What's insane about a person fighting for their country?
Ike: There's got to be something we can do! Let us help, please!
Micaiah: Why would you want to help us, after everything we've done? No, after everything I've done...
Ike: We know you don't want this fight. Isn't there any way for us to avoid it?
Micaiah: ...No. No, I'm afraid there isn't.
Ike: Just talk to me! We can find a way!
Micaiah: You don't understand. We can't stop. I'm sorry, but I can't explain it more clearly than that.
Ike: Micaiah, I don't want you to die. I don't want all of your soldiers to die. You have to let me help you.
Micaiah: Ike... Now I see it. Now it makes sense.
Ike: What make sense?
Micaiah: Sothe always spoke so highly of you. Now I know the reason. You truly are a good person. It's a shame...
Ike: Why is that a shame?
Micaiah: Because it makes what I have to do even harder. Please prepare yourself. Let's put an end to this.
Ike: As you wish. Good-bye, Micaiah.
Micaiah: (The light of life! Shine a ray upon my path and) ...strike my enemy!
Priestess of Dawn Micaiah (暁の乙女 Akatsuki no otome)
"Crowned 15th queen of Daein at her subject's entreaty, Micaiah ushered in a new era of prosperity and peace."
"Crowned 15th queen of Daein at prior King Pelleas' entreaty, Micaiah ushered in a new era of prosperity."
- Sticker Info
|Name||Image||Artwork from||Effect in The Subspace Emissary|
|Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn||[Weapon] - Attack +21|
Usable by: Marth, Ike
Micaiah is illustrated in the trading card game with the following cards:
The Dawn Priestess is one of the more interesting Green cards out there, with 4 cards. Her Cost 1 can destroy itself to power up another Unit for 10 ATK for the rest of the turn, a perhaps subpar ability but one that fits with her in-game Skills. Her Cost 2 Promotional card allows you to draw a card when you Deploy her if you control a Cost 5 or higher Unit, which is quite useful if your Main Character is a Cost 5 or higher, and it gains 20 ATK for the turn if you Level Up or Grow another Unit. Her Cost 3/2 can be skipped by players as it only gains 10 ATK when it attacks a Rider or Armored Unit, with no other Skills. Her Cost 5/3 is where she really shines, with a once-a-turn Draw+Growth that adds two to her Level/Stack, unlike most Green cards, which only add one to their Level/Stack at a time. She also has a LvS5 Skill that grants all allied Units an additional 10 ATK during your turn, which is made easier to access by her first Skill. Micaiah, in the end, makes for a slightly less-than-wonderful Main Character, but excels amazingly as a supporting card in your Deck, not to mention her 5/3 card's gorgeous art, which can be placed next to Sothe's corresponding card for a beautiful two-card panorama.
The name Micaiah is a variant of the name Michael, meaning "Who Is Like God". In Jewish and Christian tradition, Michael the Archangel is the field commander of God's army. In Abrahamic tradition there is also a prophet named Micah, also called Micaiah, after whom a book in the Christian Old Testament is named. There was also a prophet late in "1 Kings" named Micaiah. Furthermore, in Chronicles, it is stated that the mother of the second king of Judah, Abijah, was Micaiah.
- Micaiah came in 9th for females in the Fire Emblem Heroes Choose Your Legends popularity poll. She had 13,491 total votes.
- She later came in 8th for females in the second Choose Your Legends popularity poll. She had 15,493 total votes.
- Micaiah's artwork design could have been based on one of Caeda's many artworks from Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, particularly that they both have birds featured and have a hand out to catch them.
- Micaiah has the highest Luck growth rate in Radiant Dawn, at 80%, and Resistance growth rate in Radiant Dawn, at 90%, and tied with Soren for highest magic growth rate in Radiant Dawn, at 80%.
- Micaiah also has the distinction of being one of few playable characters who can obtain SS rank in more than one weapon: Light and Staff.
- On a minor note, Micaiah, a Light Mage/Sage/Priestess, is of the Dark affinity. This is extremely ironic, as her weapon of choice and her title, the Priestess of Dawn, which are associated with Dawn, Day, and Light are offset by the implications her affinity brings, particularly that of darkness and perhaps, by extension, Dusk and Night.
- At 90%, Micaiah has the second highest Resistance growth of any playable unit in the series to date, second only to Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade's Karel, who has 100%.
- Micaiah's eyes are normally gold, but they become red when Yune speaks through her.
- If she is recruited via DLC, Micaiah will start as a Dark Mage with the Shadowgift skill. Since Dark Mages can already wield dark magic, Shadowgift is only useful if the player changes Micaiah's class.
- Her Fire Emblem Awakening artwork depicts her, in Dark Mage attire, holding Micaiah's Pyre.
- Micaiah is one of the few units whose status screen portrait changes at some point of the game, a trait she shares with Marth, Alm, Celica, Ike, Volke, Sothe, Avatar (New Mystery of the Emblem) and Lucina. Her change happens when she promotes at the end of Chapter 1-E and when she promotes for the second time at the beginning of Chapter 4-E-1 in Radiant Dawn.
- Micaiah is the first female Lord character to become the leader of her own kingdom.
- See main article: Micaiah/Gallery.