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“Know your place, mortal. What right do you have to address me? I am king of Vanaheimr, the realm of light... I am supreme. I reign as a god among gods. But time is cruel even to those of us beyond mortality. Even my light faded over the ages... ...Why? What joke is it that a god should fear what is to come? And all the while, the infestation of mortals has spiraled out of control. The gods diminish, and the insects multiply and multiply to fill the space the gods leave behind... Abhorrent. If that is the way time will treat us, then time is best erased. I will end it myself.”
—Njörðr, to Alfonse, Book VII, Chapter 10.

Njörðr is the secondary antagonist of Book VII from Fire Emblem Heroes. He is the king of Vanaheimr, father of Freyr and Freyja, and the elder brother of Nerþuz.

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Njörðr is the king of of the gods of Vanaheimr as well as the god of the sea. As Gullveig's threat looms over Midgard, Seiðr, one of the goddesses of Vanaheimr, brings the Order of Heroes to Njörðr, believing he will be able to tell them how Gullveig can be defeated. Before he can, however, he is struck with a vision of Gullveig's forces attacking Vanaheimr, specifically targeting Seiðr's sister, Heiðr; Seiðr and the Order leave to protect her.

As Seiðr later explains, when Heiðr is affected by the Golden Curse, Njörðr is the only one who can heal her suffering.

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In reality, Njörðr planned to turn Seiðr into Gullveig. He does this by manipulating her into bringing back the stolen Ár from his sister Nerþuz, and turning Heiðr into a golden, eight-headed snake monster to force Seiðr to kill Heiðr out of mercy. This would transfer the curse to Seiðr, as Njörðr gloats that there is no hope left for her.

Upon being confronted by the Order of Heroes, Njörðr reveals he planned to summon Gullveig due to his disgust at the prosperity of mortals as well as fearing of losing his power due to his age. By summoning Gullveig, Njörðr sought to erase all of time as well as using her power to regain his power. However, when Njörðr summoned the Golden Seer, Gullveig, who was still upset about Heiðr, turned on him and erased Njörðr from existence, with his final moments being in complete shock that he wasn't able to control her.

Though his actions do bring about his desired outcome to bring destruction to time, Njörðr, as powerful as he is, was merely a pawn in the cycle of the Golden Serpents. Gullveig herself is eventually defeated by the Order of Heroes averting the future seen by Kiran, effectively putting an end to Njörðr's plan to destroy time.

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Personality[]

Njorðr is a wise and benevolent king with the power to heal and foresight. He does all he can to help alleviate Heiðr's pain and graciously asks for the Order of Heroes' help to stop Gullveig.

As gods of opposite domains, he and his sister Nerþuz have been rivals since they were born. For seemingly no reason, he stole her Aurr and locked it in his vault. Nerþuz retaliated by taking his Ár.

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Njörðr's benevolence is an elaborate façade. In truth, he is a bitter and spiteful god that detests mortals thriving while his powers wane with age. From the beginning, he planned to summon Gullveig for his own purposes in order to both destroy the mortals he despises, as well as time as a whole. He engages in a long-running deception to this end, and has no qualms with manipulating Seiðr's trust in him and her love for Heiðr in order to bring Gullveig into the world.

Ultimately, Njörðr's pride is his fatal flaw. Though he believes summoning Gullveig would relieve his worries and solve his problems, he does not consider how the extent of his ruthlessness and manipulation of Seiðr made Gullveig who she is. He is caught off-guard and defenseless when Gullveig turns on him, and his final moments are spent in stunned horror as the Golden Seer erases him from existence.

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Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

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CYL8 266 CYL Njörðr Portrait
Heroes
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Etymology[]

Njord is the god of the sea, wind, wealth and fishing from Norse Mythology and one of the Vanir. He is also the father of Freyr and Freyja and was married to Skadi at one point but they seldomly loved each other due to neither of them being adaptable to the other's domain. He is also destined to survive Ragnarok.

Trivia[]

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  • Njorðr is the only antagonist encountered in Fire Emblem Heroes to never be fought in battle by the player.
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