Jotari Posted March 17 Share Posted March 17 (edited) They never use the z word, but Fire Emblem has had a long history with zombies and has used them in multiple different ways. They've ranged from the weakest normal enemies in the game to the strongest. They aren't the first thing you think of when you think Fire Emblem, but the sheer gameplay utility they can offer by having random enemies to fight in a chapter without relying on the realistic logistics of employing an army has made them a staple. Their first appearance dates back to the second game in the series. When Celica steps out of Norivs Monastery she's immediately beset by the legions of the undead. There's little explanation for this, there's no necromancer or any will behind them. It's all just wrapped up in Duma's evil infecting the land. It's actually rather strange its not a more common feature, especially as you go deeper into Rigel. This game also gave us our first zombie dragons which are a more memorable and consistent part of the game. The next appearance of zombies is a rather strange one given the genre over all. Its the Deadlords of Jugdral. These are the most elite of the elite mooks of the enemies you face, which is a bit contrary to how zombies are typically depicted. Some of them could even be your own party members in Thracia. Are next apoearsncr of zombies is in Sacred Stones, which basically rehashed Gaiden in both having basic zombies and powerful zombie dragons. We also, for the first time, see how fighting a zombie could affect someone in a narrative context (this was brushed over in Jugdral) with Myrrh fighting her zombified father Morva. The next appearance of zombies in the series is probably the most forgettable appearance; Radiant Dawn. What's really weird about theae ones is that you don't actually fight them. It's a purely narrative situation, though one driven, ultimately, by gameplay design. While your main army takes on the fibak fuve chapters if the game, all the characters you've benched fight iff the hoards if of the undead. We never really see how that fight goes, but everyone survives so they can't be that strong. The plot itself, however, suggests Ashera could just continually revive them making fighting them head on a fruitless task. Awakening puts zombies at the forefront in a way they mever were before. Sacred Stones sumplemented its zombies with other monster types, but Aakening makes them the (almost) sole monsters of the game and, unlike Gaiden and Sacred Stones, gives them access to regular classes instead of a uniqie entombed class fighting like classic zombies. This makes the return of the deadlords a pretty natural fit. We also get, possibly, our first zombie playable character in the form of Walhart, it's a bit ambiguous. Fates I'm not sure deserves a mention. It plays the whole fighring revived loved ones card but they kind of work more like ghosts than zombies. Faceless are also a thing one might or might not count as related. In either case, Fates was following on Awakening's stylings in its own way. We then had Shadows of Valentia which redid Gaiden's zombies, but also in a surprise twist brought back Awakening's specific brand of zombies and actually provided an explanation for them involving insects more remeniscent of a The Mummy movie. Thinking on the series Three Houses doesn't look like it had zombies, demonic monsster transformations was its excuse for powerful enemies, but then there's the revival of Nemesis and his ten elites. But this is the Resident Evil style zombies wrapped up in science in its styling with a test tube looking tank. One could even think he isn't a zombie at all and he's just survived through advanced medical technology, though it begs belief that none of the elites died in combat in their own time. And that brings us to Engage which I won't say much on other than its the most extensive use of zombies in the series so far, both in terms of gameplay and narrative. Well, anyway, thats just a look at the various ways Fire Emblem has handled zombies. I think people might be surprised to realize how much Fire Emblem has explored the concept and for so many different reasons. What do you think about zombies as enemies to fight and how Fire Emblem has used them? Edited March 18 by Jotari Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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