In the age of the ancients, two sibling Gods shared a near unbreakable bond.
However, a disagreement at the core of their ideologies led to a schism. The sister aimed to create a world rich with blessings of the Earth, peace and pleasure. The brother felt strength was all that mattered, and wanted a world full of powerful subjects.
To the south of the continent Valentia, the sister founded a kingdom called Zofia: Rich with live. A kingdom which, in its overindulgence after her disappearance, became rife with greedy, entitled rulers and passive farmers who struggled as the lands died.
To the north, the brother founded a kingdom called Rigel: Cold, calloused and infertile. A kingdom which, fallen into the trappings of power, became militarized and unkind. His power gave way to madness, and the pious subjects of that fallen deity sought to conquer all.
This is the tale of Mila and Duma, a story underlying the plot thrusts for both Alm and Celica in Fire Emblem: Gaiden (and its recent remake, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia).
Now in Heroes, you too can summon yourself an endlessly powerful god of war, fallen from grace, who also happens to be an inexplicably handsome daddy that transforms into a dragon monster with wacky eyes.
Just like every.
Fire Emblem villain.
… Except for Sacred Stones which had a cool demon guy instead.
Duma — God of Strength
- Fell Breath (Might = 16, Range = 1)
- Grants Attack +3. At the start of combat, if foe’s Health < 100 percent, grants Attack and Resistance +6 during combat and foe cannot make a follow-up attack. If foe’s Range = 2, calculates damage using the lower defensive stat.
- Draconic Aura (Cooldown = 3)
- Boosts damage by 30 percent of unit’s Attack.
- Defense/Resistance Solo (A Skill)
- If unit is not adjacent to an ally, grants Defense and Resistance +6 during combat.
- Bold Fighter (B Skill)
- If unit initiates combat, grants Special Attack cooldown charge +1 per unit’s attack, and unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack (does not stack).
- Upheaval (C Skill)
- At the start of turn 1, deals seven damage to all foes, and if defending in Aether Raids during anima season, destroys offensive structures within the same column (does not affect indestructable structures).
So I heard a rumor that every Mythic Hero was going to be some kind of deity in the Fire Emblem canon.
If that’s the case, I think I might try to provide some deep lore diving into each whenever a Mythic Hero banner comes along.
Even though the top of this banner technically says he’s a Legendary Hero?
But whatever. Semantics.
Let’s talk about Duma, shall we?
As our second colorless dragon and fourth armored dragon, Duma has a strong legacy to live up to.
The guy’s gimmick ties back to his Upheaval, which damages all enemies right away. Once they’re damaged, he gains an Attack and Resistance buff. Then if he’s alone, he instantly gains more Defense and Resistance.
Add all that to the increased chance of a powerful Special Attack and you have yourself a hard-hitting tank who faces no weakness on the weapon triangle.
… Just weaknesses from dragon-killing weapons like the Falchion or armor-killing weapons like Armorslayers.
Also he loses a good chunk of that benefit to his stats should the opposing team have a healer.
But hey, he blows up buildings in Aether Raids!
So all-and-all, I’d say he’s got some well-balanced benefits and detriments.
His overall status also increases due to great synergy with other armored dragons like Grima, Tiki and Myrrh. So he’s easily worth a summon for powerful team building.
In fact, that Legendary Tiki he melds so well with is also on this banner. She’s alongside:
Unlike a lot of the other Legendary Hero banners, Duma’s entourage splits equally for me.
I have every green and red unit besides Laegjarn.
Yet I don’t have a single one of the blue or colorless units.
So my targets are narrowed, particularly focused on Duma and Tiki.
If any of you remember my Legendary Tiki banner review, you’d know I was super into her. A powerful alt for one of my favorite characters who eluded me all those months ago, and I’ve been waiting for her to rear her head again.
Hopefully I can summon her and the God of Strength, which would give me a perfect foursome of armored dragons.
Unfortunately those aspirations cost orbs.
… And I wasted a whole bunch of orbs on the hot springs banner, only to get a stupid regular Elise instead of Sakura.
So I turn to the Duma Battle Map to get my orbs stash up:
I never have anything particularly interesting to say about these things, other than the fact that they’re cool references to stages like the final map of Echoes here. So I’ll mostly make them quick asides from now on.
Especially since my time is better spent gathering orbs to feed my addiction.
Or to be honest, playing a certain other game which received a new character today.
So there we have it, my thoughts on the Duma banner.
I know this whole post was a bit more scatterbrained than usual for my formulaic FEH pieces, but hopefully it was all worth my attempts to shake things up a little. All things being said, I was actually more excited for Duma here than I was for the hot springs units last week.
Let me know what you think of Duma in the comments below, and weigh in on whether you think we’ll get his sister Mila as our next Mythic Hero or not.
Personally I’m betting Intelligent Systems will keep us waiting.
Just like they’ll keep us waiting for more regular Valentia units.