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“...... I... This is me... ...Even the Dragon blood that flows in me...it is what makes who I am... ”
—Sophia talking to Niime in a support conversation

Sophia is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade who makes a minor appearance in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. She is a half-dragon girl from Arcadia.

ProfileEdit

The Blazing BladeEdit

Sophia makes a brief cameo, where she is looking for Athos and can have conversations with different members of Eliwood's army if the player visits the ruin village at the bottom right of the map. She also apparently knows Hawkeye, accidentally mistaking him for the Archsage like everyone else when he send Hawkeye to the ruins. Hawkeye asks her to tell his daughter that he will be home and she says she will.

Fire Emblem: The Binding BladeEdit

Sophia was captured by Bern forces and sent to the same prison cell as Cecilia, where she treated the general's wounds using her powers. Aside from that, she can see the future, though not clearly. She then leads the Alliance army to Arcadia, in order to help the people there shake off Bern's invasion.

Though she has little background, in support conversations she speaks slowly, demonstrating her shyness. It is noted that she is very old, about one century of age. Sophia cannot transform into a dragon, even though she is half-human half-dragon, as she does not seem to possess a dragonstone.

She can form a close friendship with Raigh and can marry Roy if they have A-support in the end.


In-GameEdit

The Binding BladeEdit

Base StatsEdit

Starting ClassAffinity
FE6 Shaman (F) Map SpriteShamanGBADark Dark
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResConMov
11562431835
WeaponStarting Items
Dark Dark - CFlux Flux

Growth RatesEdit

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 55% 40% 30% 20% 20% 55%

Promotion GainsEdit

Item Required Promoted Class
Guidingring Guiding Ring FE6 Female Druid Map Sprite Druid
1 +2 +4 +2 +3 +2 +2 +1 +1
Weapon Levels
Dark +1 Staff E

SupportsEdit

See also: Sophia/Supports.


OverallEdit

Secret Book (Artwork)
Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.

Given how Raigh performs, it would be great to have another unit of the same class, and it's interesting to imagine how one with higher magic and resistance than him by trading some Speed and Skill, and some overall better growths as well. She seems promising with little cost-to-benefit imbalance, until one sees her bases . . .  

Sophia is an unfortunate case. Her bases are some that would be barely passable on Chapter 1, much less Chapter 14 on a fog of war map. At least she's a mage in the desert of all things though. That makes getting her to find the Guiding Ring near the end of the chapter easier, but when it comes to actually using her, she's a shaman with con so low that any of her equippable tomes slow her down by at least 2 (in the case of the lightest dark tome, Flux), so her base 4 speed effectively becomes 2. It wouldn't be recommended to use her outside of personal preference.  

If one elects to use her, her growths, which sadly aren't explosive like they ideally would be, but are salvageable, can boost her poor start. One could attempt Arena Abuse, which shouldn't be too difficult, but there is the problem of competing for a Guiding Ring, given characters like Saul, Clarine, Raigh, Lilina or Lugh, excluding one of those if they used the first guiding ring obtained, might be desperate for one in order to keep up with the game's progression. In the long run, her Magic and Resistance will be higher than Raigh's. Her Speed and Skill will be lower. As a result of bases and growths differences, she could have higher or lower HP, Luck, and Defense than Raigh. Her con is lower, which is certainly frustrating. Her higher Resistance would make her ideal for taking damage from anima magic, and probably magic in general for that matter, given her trinity disadvantage is to the weakest magic type. She could be a useful second Druid (and third for when Niime joins).  

Overall, Sophia is not a unit one should seek to use unless from personal preference. 

Fire Emblem AwakeningEdit

SpotPassEdit

Starting Class
FE13 NPC Generic Sorcerer (F) Map SpriteSorcerer
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
3392231115911256
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
FE13CurseHex
CrimsoncurseAnathema
SecludedladyiconDemoiselle
TomeIconFE13Tome - BRuin FE13 IconRuin*

*Enemy only, joins unequipped

Fire Emblem HeroesEdit

Nabata Prophet
A shaman of Nabata who has lived a sheltered life away from other people. Sees the future. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.

Base StatsEdit

Rarity:
Heroes Sophia SpriteTitle
Nabata Prophet
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16
32
7
25
2
13
4
20
5
21
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense FluxFEH Fire Tome Tome
✯✯
Heroes Sophia SpriteTitle
Nabata Prophet
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16
33
8
27
2
14
4
21
6
23
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense FluxFEH Fire Tome Tome
✯✯✯
Heroes Sophia SpriteTitle
Nabata Prophet
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
33/36/39
7/8/9
26/29/32
2/3/4
13/16/19
4/5/6
21/24/27
5/6/7
22/25/28
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense RuinFEH Fire Tome Tome
✯✯✯✯
Heroes Sophia SpriteTitle
Nabata Prophet
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
34/37/40
7/8/9
28/31/34
2/3/4
14/17/20
4/5/6
22/25/28
6/7/8
24/27/30
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Fenrir
FEH skill special Dragon Gaze
FEH Fire Tome Tome
✯✯✯✯✯
Heroes Sophia SpriteTitle
Nabata Prophet
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
36/40/43
8/9/10
30/33/36
3/4/5
16/19/22
5/6/7
24/28/31
6/7/8
25/29/32
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Fenrir+
FEH skill special Dragon Gaze
FEH Fire Tome Tome

SkillsEdit

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseFlux-FEH Star Rarity 1-
RuinFluxFEH Star Rarity 3FEH Star Rarity 2
FenrirRuinFEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
Eternal TomeFenrir+-FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialDragon Gaze-FEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
Dragon FangDragon Gaze-FEH Star Rarity 4
AFEH Warding Blow 1 Warding Blow 1-FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Warding Blow 2 Warding Blow 2FEH Warding Blow 1 Warding Blow 1FEH Star Rarity 4
FEH Warding Blow 3 Warding Blow 3FEH Warding Blow 2 Warding Blow 2FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Fortify Res 1 Fortify Res 1-FEH Star Rarity 1
FEH Fortify Res 2 Fortify Res 2FEH Fortify Res 1 Fortify Res 1FEH Star Rarity 2
FEH Fortify Res 3 Fortify Res 3FEH Fortify Res 2 Fortify Res 2FEH Star Rarity 4

OverallEdit

Secret Book (Artwork)
Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.
Base SetEdit

Sophia began as an unassuming mage with a modest Atk and good bulk for a mage, but incredibly slow. She was often compared to Winter Tharja, but without the access to Armor buffs, making her an inferior option for the prevalent Armor meta of Arena scoring. Like many units released from the launch of Heroes she suffered from a lack of focus in her starting skill set and requires a high amount of investment to be used. She is among the many units to later receive a new Weapon and Weapon Refine, allowing some new specialization.

Her initial Fenrir tome simply has high Mt but no effects. This changed when she received the Eternal Tome through a later update plus a Weapon Refine. Eternal Tome not only has a Raventome effect, forcing colorless units into a color disadvantage, but it also is a point stronger than Fenrir. She becomes a strong counter to the colorless meta as she severely weakens their damage. When refined, it gains a Bracing Stance 2 effect, boosting both her defensive stats by 4 when attacked, bringing her Defense and Resistance to a respectable 32/33 respectively, further pushing her bulk to stave off green and colorless units.

Dragon Fang is a slow charging special that packs a decent punch when it activates, but Sophia’s Attack stack is not exactly the highest. Warding Blow increases her Res by 6 when initiating, boosting her resilience to mages. Fortify Resistance boosts the Res of any ally adjacent to her at the start of her turn by 4.

CountersEdit

Her low speed means that her biggest counters are Heroes whom she cannot eliminate in a single hit. Magically bulky units can withstand her single hit and retaliate such as Nowi, Fjorm, and Micaiah. Fast Blue Mages in general, such as Linde, Ophelia, and Ishtar can also easily double her and work through her good Res. Reinhardt and Dire Thunder Olwen similarly throw their double attacks into her uncontested. A majority of the Quad-Attack Meta units such as Elincia, Est, and Cordelia easily unleash their four attacks. This will also include Setsuna, Bridal Cordelia, and Brave Lyn if she is not running her Eternal Tome set.

Skill InheritanceEdit

Sophia can run either Reposition or Draw Back for standard mage Support Skill options, both of which has applications in different situations so player preference determines which one is desired. Her only other universal skill is her Skill C, which is generally left to a Ploy skill since she has a solid enough Res to employ onto the units she will likely counter.

Sophia’s offensive build takes Rauðrblade to utilize ally buffing skills and increase her damage in turn. Glimmer syncs the best for raw damage output. Death Blow focuses on the player turn, further boosting her Atk. Chill Resistance lowers the Res of the enemy with the highest Res, giving her a better means to kill her most potent counter on their team.

Sophia commonly ran Rauðrowl or Candelabra, utilizing the stat boosts to turn her into a powerful defensive unit with the stat boost of both tomes to all four stat. Candleabra allows her to boost herself even when solo while Raurowl boosts her while she is nearby allies, gaining larger boost the more allies she is adjacent to With the Eternal Tome, she has a new option to instead hard checking two colors. Bonfire works on her usually due to putting emphasis slightly more into her Def when stat refining her first two weapons and is a choice Asset for Eternal Tome sets.

Close Counter is generally used for both sets to extend her defensive range. For the Eternal Tome, she can also run Triangle Adept to utterly wall off colorless and green units, countering the likes of Brave Lyn while reducing the impact of units like Brave Veronica and Bridal Form. Guard finishes off the set to slow down enemy special cooldowns. Quick Riposte is an excellent Skill B option as well, but it also works fine in the Seal spot in tandem with Guard in Skill B.

QuotesEdit

The Binding BladeEdit

“My future… holds no light…”
—Death Quote in The Binding Blade
“I can sense… a sad heart…”
—Final Battle Quote in The Binding Blade

Heroes Edit

Sophia/Heroes Quotes

Possible EndingsEdit

Sophia - Nabata Prophet (ナバタの予言者 Nabata no yogensha)
"After returning to Nabata, Sophia disappeared. There are no records to what happened to Nabata after the war, so no one knows how Sophia led her life from then on…"
Sophia and Roy
"Sophia accompanied Roy to Pherae, where they married. Although she was never very talkative, her wise decisions played a major role in the reconstruction of Lycia."

Non-Canon AppearancesEdit

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)Edit

Sophia is illustrated in the trading card game with the following cards:

EtymologyEdit

Sophia is Greek for "wisdom". This was the name of an early saint who supposedly died of grief after her three daughters were martyred. Sophia also appears in the phrase Hagia Sophia (which means "Holy Wisdom"), which is the name of a large basilica in Constantinople. Her name in the Japanese version, Sofiya (София in Russian and Bulgarian, Софія in Ukrainian), is a Slavic variant of Sophia.

TriviaEdit

  • Sophia is the only female Shaman in the GBA games, though she is not the only female Druid, as Niime is also in the same game.
  • On the official Japanese website for Nintendo, Sophia won 10th place out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. The male-female vote ratio is 5:1. The voter comments seem to mostly focus on her shy, gentle, and quiet personality and the mystery surrounding her character.
  • Sophia shares her English voice actress, Wendee Lee, with Veronica, Maria and Lyn in Fire Emblem Heroes.

GalleryEdit

See main article: Sophia/Gallery.
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