This post is part of my ongoing translations of the Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Memorial Book: Tellius Recollection (Vol 2).
This post features Nailah. Please read some notes regarding the translation below the image!
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Class: Wolf Queen
Apparent Age: 31*
Hobby: Braiding Rafiel’s hair
Talent: Not having a weak point
Finds Important: Pride as a Queen
Likes: Beautiful things
Dislikes: Feeble/spineless people
The Wolf Queen of an elusive kingdom within the desert: Hatari.
One day, her beloved Rafiel heard a voice calling out to him. Following his guidance, they embarked on a long and dangerous journey across the Desert of Death. It was when they reached some ruins that they met Micaiah and her group. This was Nailah (and anyone of Hatari’s) first chance meeting with someone beyond the desert, confirming Rafiel’s talk about the existence of an “outside world.”
She is a brave woman who is extremely decisive, powerful among the laguz, and flexible enough to adapt to the ever changing situations she faces. She has a tendency to be on the more belligerent side when compared to other royalty.
She formed a bond with Rafiel after she found him collapsed in the desert 23 years ago. They made intersecting vows and have been together ever since. Her right eye is concealed by an eye patch as it contains a dreadful power known as the “Evil Eye.” The Evil Eye is a fearful ability that completely transforms those who gaze upon it into stone. It is unknown whether the power was hereditary or unique to just Nailah, but it certainly adds to her already overwhelming presence as a Queen.
- Throughout the profile, words that allude to a marriage or some sort of union are used without using the word marriage/married itself. “Her beloved Rafiel” came from the word used for husbands (夫のラフィエル), and “they made intersecting vows and have been together ever since.” from 彼と契りを交わし、以降伴侶として共に行動している (roughly translates to, “made mutual pledges, and have traveled as partners since then.”) I did the safe bet and made it vague and up to interpretation just as the original text had done. However, to add to this, their character relationship page lists them as “夫婦” (romantic couple/husband and wife). It is the same term used for Greil and Elena on the same page, as well as Calill and Largo so it is highly likely they are indeed romantic partners/married, even if it was not mentioned in the game.
- In the Japanese version, Rafiel refers to Nailah as 伴侶 (lifelong partner, and a term usually reserved for a romantic couple), so it seems it was the case in Japanese, and may have been localized out for whatever reason. In English, Rafiel says in the same place, “In Hatari, I vowed to dedicate my life to her.”