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Sothis

Height: 135 cm

Voiced by: Tomoyo Kurosawa (Japanese), Cassandra Lee Morris (English)

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"Your will and mine are now as one. Both sides of time are revealed to you...and you alone. You know I am the Beginning. What will you do?"

A mysterious girl who saved the protagonist during a fateful night. She does not physically appear, appearing only inside Byleth's mind, so nobody except the protagonist knows of her existence. Also, Sothis seems to have lost all recollection of herself.


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    # — L 
  • Ambiguous Situation: Sothis's S-Support implies that she fell in love with Byleth during the course of the game. She has no other Relationship Values, and the player can choose to S-Support her without any prior effort. If Byleth reciprocates, Sothis wonders if her own feelings somehow influenced theirs. No other ending is able to confirm or deny this, as Sothis never reappears.
  • Amnesiac Hero: She's lost all of her memories except her own name, but regains bits and pieces over the course of the game.
  • Ancient Astronauts: She arrived in Fodlan before the beginning of recorded history, long before the War of Heroes, from... somewhere else.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: When Byleth overhears Sothis wonder if her own feelings subtly influenced Byleth, a flustered Sothis decides to come clean and confess her love.
    "Oh, fine! I shall admit... I do. I love you deeply! Overwhelmingly! Passionately! Ours is a love without an end!"
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Despite looking like a young girl, her speech patterns are very archaic.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Implied to be what happens to her when she fuses with Byleth, as well as something of an innate/special nature of how her soul works. In Cindered Shadows Rhea explains that Sothis' soul is "omnnipresent" (implied to mean she is present in both the material and nonmaterial world, but not all knowing and literally everywhere at once) which is why it is at all possible to revive her (normal souls pass on completely to the afterlife and no known method can return them). We see this displayed by how even after seemingly leaving Byleth as a independent mind, she remains aware of the overall state of events in Fódlan and through Byleth can continue to influence the material world. She also is able to speak with Rhea when Rhea has a near death experience. Likewise, near the start of the game when she first reverses time, the magic circle she summons has the phrase "the goddess always lives in heaven and Fódlan." If S ranked she can reverse this state and return to a more limited existence in Byleth's soul.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Sothis appears to have made it her mission in life to teach and aid entire civilizations. Push her hard enough and you'll be reminded that the kindly serial uplifter is a dragon goddess of time and perfectly capable of wiping highly advanced civilizations off the map given a reason to go so far.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Despite having already merged with Byleth and giving up most of her individual personality, it's ultimately Sothis that wakes Byleth from their five year long coma.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology:
    • She has a rock for a heart (a trait shared by her children) and can asexually reproduce with her own blood, though the children produced seemingly cannot reproduce this way and are never as powerful, lacking many of her other abilities. She can also shapeshift at will (her appearance as a young girl is stated to be the result of her changing her form to resemble a human) and has enough scientific knowledge to assist in building a futuristic Magitek society capable of making robots and ICBMs. Justified, as Rhea's explanation that Sothis came to the continent from "somewhere far away and descended upon [Fódlan]" implies that Sothis is an alien, though it's impossible to know for sure, as Sothis seemingly never spoke about where she came from and doesn't remember her past life anymore to confirm it.
    • Related to the above, a text found in the Abyss library that may have been written by an Agarthan refers to Sothis (or "the False God" as they call her) as having a "looming, heteromorphic vessel" suggesting that Sothis used a monstrous transformation in battle, or that they were at least aware she had more than one form.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Downplayed. Sothis has a penchant for condescension and sarcasm, but she wants what's best for Byleth and sometimes has to be a little harsh with them.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Once you learn her backstory, she is basically a divine dragon champion for humanity in the vein of Naga, Mila, and pre-degeneration Duma and Anankos gone horribly wrong. Like previous such characters, she is a powerful dragon who is worshiped by humanity and can empower humans with blood-bonding. However, Nemesis murdered her in order to take that kind of power for himself and his followers, and in the present Rhea deliberately cultivates her reputation as an omnipotent creator goddess to justify several actions that are morally dubious at best and flat-out tyrannical at worst.
  • Divine Date: Due to both her status as the Goddess of the Church of Seiros as well as her status as one of Byleth's romance options.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She's barefoot, only wearing a pair of very large gold anklets with sapphire stones. She does get a pair for her winter variation in Heroes.
  • Dragons Are Divine: While not explicitly confirmed as a dragon in her home game, the fact that all her children are various kinds of dragons and she herself is definitely an otherworldly existence at minimum bordering on the divine (and certainly worshiped as such) makes her this.
  • Fusion Dance: To save Byleth and herself from being in a Fate Worse than Death inflicted by Solon, she merges her powers and most of her being with Byleth. This awakens the Sword of the Creator into the Sublime Sword of the Creator, gives Byleth the Enlightened One Class, and causes their hair and eyes to turn almost the same shades of green as Rhea's. She vanishes for a good portion of the game after, but makes a few comments to indicate she has a presence still.
  • Gaia's Lament: In the distant past, after she was forced to annihilate the ancient Agarthans, Sothis spent much of her energy restoring the earth back to a livable state. Unfortunately, the now-drained Sothis had to rest, and the machinations of "those who slither in the dark" resulted in her getting slain in her sleep and things getting worse from there.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: In the distant past, the ancient civilization of Agartha dared to strike against her in their hubris. Sothis' vengeance stomped them so hard that they were forced to go underground and become Those Who Slither in the Dark. A text in the Abyss library refers to her as enacting cruel retribution upon "the children of men who spilled too much of the blood of life" by flooding the land with despair (it's unclear just what this flood really is).
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Zig-zagged. In New Game+, once she disappears, the Byleth of the opposite gender takes her place in the Holy Tomb. However she still comes out to activate "Sothis Shield" when you use it.
  • Genius Bruiser: Sothis taught Agartha much of the science behind their advanced magitech. She also wiped them from the face of Fódlan personally when they tried to kill her and hers.
  • God is Dead: Murdered by Nemesis a thousand years ago in order to use her corpse as materials to make the Sword of the Creator. What you see in-game is, essentially, her ghost.
  • God Is Good: The Goddess worshiped by the Church of Seiros is Sothis. She is as benign as the Church proclaims her to be, even if others believe it to be a lie. The Church and Seiros, on the other hand, are not necessarily as good.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Despite her kind nature, even as an amnesiac, Sothis sometimes displays a quite merciless view on justice that is, perhaps not surprisingly, similar to that of her daughter Rhea. Particularly when it comes to certain affronts to what her people regard as very important/sacred. She feels grateful to Byleth for them killing off the bandits who trespassed in Zanado, and in the DLC this is slightly expanded on. That is, in Abyss, Byleth can encounter a survivor from Kostas' gang, who begs that Byleth not report their presence as he is quite certain he will be executed by the Knights of Seiros for his crimes. Byleth can let them go after making them swear to never harm another person again, but should they turn the bandit in Sothis will be pleased (shown by her support rank rising). That said, she never pushes for Byleth to take any particular action when it comes to mercy or justice in the story, wanting them to make their own decisions.
  • Hidden Depths: One of the memories she regains is that she once wrote a song, which Rhea is heard singing on the night of the ball.
  • It's All My Fault: Downplayed. She comes to the conclusion that Byleth’s stoic behavior from infancy is because she was sleeping within them for most of their life. She is remorseful about it, but isn’t given the chance to dwell on it too much, as she and Byleth combine souls soon after.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: The Abyss text, likely written by an Agarthan, only refers to Sothis as an "it."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sothis is very sharp-tongued, and much of her early dialogue is scolding Byleth. But every decision she makes is to Byleth's benefit, from saving their life when they almost took a blow for Edelgard at the beginning, to giving them the Divine Pulse ability to turn back time, to sacrificing her individuality to fuse with Byleth so Byleth can escape Solon's trap.
  • LEGO Genetics: Her genes are....weird to say the least. The Signs available to bestow Crests on New Game+ reveal every one of her children whose blood was used to make them are a different breed of dragon. From Macuil the Wind Dragon, Cichol the Earth Dragon, to Seiros the Sky Dragon. Even their children can be a different breed, with Cichol's daughter being a Light Dragon. Considering she didn't actually birth them, it's possible she was somehow able to control their attributes.
  • Life Drain: In Heroes, her exclusive Special Sirius boosts her damage by 30% of her Spd, and it also restores her health equal to 30% of the damage dealt.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Her appearances in Heroes at least, where she has high stats across the board, with incredibly high Spd in particular.
  • Little Miss Almighty: She appears as a little girl, and was the single most powerful entity in Fódlan. A text in Abyss, likely written by an Agarthan, describes how in their war with her they used their weapons to the point that several nations/lands were destroyed by them, only for Sothis to remain standing. Averted though in the form the Agarthans knew her as, which is the adult woman briefly seen near the start of the game looking down from her throne.
  • Little Miss Snarker: The little girl in Byleth's head is quite sharp-tongued. She retains this trait during Byleth's Smash Bros. reveal trailer; some things never change.
  • Living Memory: She's the ghostly impression of the dead goddess of the Church of Seiros, remaining fully sapient, though she's lost her memories of her life. Only Byleth can see or hear her when she manifests in the physical world, and she exists only within Byleth's mind and soul, communicating with them through their dreams.
  • Luminescent Blush: While all characters have this to varying degrees, Sothis' blush covers about half her face.

    M — Z 
  • The Maker: She's the goddess of the Church of Seiros, and she created the Nabateans, a variety of dragons who later became known as the "Children of the Goddess," out of her own blood. The blade created from her bones is fittingly called the Sword of the Creator. How much of the rest of creation she is responsible for is ambiguous, however. When she first summons the magic circle to turn back time, among the sentences that swirl about it are phrases such as referring to the goddess as the "mother of all." These phrases are presumably true things about her given they are independent of any doctored lore, though how literal they are is still ambiguous. In Heroes she implies she's had at least some role in the creation of multiple worlds (pondering if the world of Heroes is one of the worlds she made), though it's not clear if that included the formation of life in those worlds or if she still had the power to do such things after she started living in Fódlan (her being exhausted just by restoring Fódlan implies she does not).
  • Meaningful Name: Sothis is the Greek pronunciation of Sopdet, an Egyptian goddess who is the personification of the star Sirius. The name itself can mean "triangle" referencing the parallels made between the Church of Seiros and the real life Catholic Church or "sharp one", referring to Sothis' sharp tongue. And indeed, she is the Goddess who is called the "Fell Star" by "those who slither in the dark". She also quite literally came from the sky.
  • Mysterious Waif: Just what she is remains a mystery even to her for most of the game, though her appearance suggests that she may be a Manakete like Tiki or Nowi. This is given a lot of weight with the reveal of Rhea being a Sky Dragon, and her appearance in Heroes confirms that Sothis is a Divine Dragon (though curiously, she doesn't transform in battle). Even when her identity is revealed, her origin remains mysterious. That mythology refers to her as having arrived on a star, and "those who slither in the dark" even calling her "Fell Star" could imply that she actually came from another world entirely. Furthermore, while the Nabateans like Seiros and Cichol are referred to as her children, it's stated she "made" them, not that she birthed them, and she made them by somehow using her own blood. As such, it just adds even more mystery to what exactly she is.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Uplifting the people that would become "those who slither in the dark" with technology resulted in them using weapons of mass destruction left and right, eventually trying to kill her with an orbital bombardment. It ends up being a Curb-Stomp Battle in Sothis' favor, but she still had to sleep for a long time after fixing the entire continent, which allowed Nemesis to get the drop on her and kill her, then desecrate her corpse to make the Sword of the Creator.
  • Not Quite Dead: Her physical body was killed by Nemesis to create the Relic weapons, but being an immortal goddess of time, that doesn’t completely finish her off, and she remains alive in spirit form. Later, she says she'll vanish when she and Byleth perform their Fusion Dance. However, it's her voice that wakes Byleth from their coma. This is the most we hear from her after the Fusion Dance...unless Byleth S-Supports her. She implies she likely could have popped back up at any time if she chose to. That is rather than having truly vanished when her powers and spirit fused with Byleth, her mind is actually quite intact but in another world, as she states in the S support that she came back to "this world" because Byleth was lonely. She likewise will speak with Rhea, presumably from this other world, as Rhea mentions talking with her during her near death experience in her own S support with Byleth.
  • Older Than They Look: While she looks like a young girl, Sothis claims she is actually much older and is described as talking like an old lady. While datamine reveals her current body (as least as Byleth sees her) is biologically 9 years old, her actual age is unknown and she lost her original body over a thousand years ago, but before that she had already been in Fódlan for over a thousand years (albeit an unknown amount of that time was spent in dormancy). Artwork depicting a Church of Seiros fresco of the goddess is implied to be Sothis' original appearance in life, as is a figure briefly seen near the start of the game, both confirmed in an interview to be the humanoid form Sothis had in life.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: At her full power, Sothis is far and away the most powerful being in Fódlan. The nation of Agartha possessed magitech equivalents to modern weapons and beyond, including ballistic missiles and mechs. When they attacked Sothis... they were utterly destroyed in the war that ensued (Sothis built the Holy Tomb to protect her children from Agarthan weapons, but there is no sign she herself needed protection). “Those who slither in the dark” are their remnants. This didn't even tire her — fixing the damage to the continent over a immense period of time did.
  • Physical Goddess: When she was alive, she easily qualified as this. She was able to single-handedly take on a nation that had technology equal to or greater than modern-day Earth, including a number of Fantastic Nuke weapons, and heal all the damage afterwards, albeit at the cost of needing to go into a coma-like sleep afterwards to heal.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The shortest character in the entire game, Sothis is easily the most powerful since she's the Goddess.
  • Pointy Ears: Like other Nabateans, she sports these.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Sothis has one of these, but because she is only an NPC, it cannot be heard in normal gameplay.
    "Leave all to me."
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Sothis has critical quotes in battle that go unused due to her status as a non-combatant NPC. They are, however, heard in Fire Emblem Heroes, albeit in a slightly different tone.
    "Atone at once!"
    "Prepare yourself!"
    "I shall cut through!"
    "Revenge, it lives!"
  • Rapunzel Hair: As she reclines on her throne, her hair is long enough to spill over the arms of the chair and nearly reach the ground. It appears to be even longer than she is tall.
  • Recurring Element: She takes after Naga and her successors, i.e. a divine dragon who continues to watch over and influence the material world well after they lose their body and become spirits. Of course there are notable differences in the path they take to becoming like this, and even to their own natures (i.e. Naga stating she is not a god while Sothis states she is one).
  • Red Baron: When she properly introduces herself to Byleth, Sothis says that she's also known as "The Beginning." "Those who slither in the dark" refer to her (and by extension Byleth) as "Fell Star." At one point Thales also calls her "the defiled beast," though this may be a term of contempt rather than renown.
  • Reincarnation: Rhea's ultimate plan was to create a vessel for Sothis to reincarnate into, something Byleth inadvertently became. However, Sothis is quite content with just existing alongside Byleth's mind, though it's never made clear how she felt about the idea of reincarnating via them.
  • Romantic Fusion: Later in the game, if Byleth chooses Sothis as the partner they wish to marry, Sothis will reveal that she is in love with Byleth no matter the gender and they will be married in mind, body and soul, to the degree that Sothis says that Byleth wearing one ring for the both of them is sufficient.
  • Screw Yourself: Played With and joked about if Byleth S-Supports her. After joining their souls together permanently, Sothis and Byleth become nearly one and the same, to the point that when Byleth asks how they can possibly give their new wife their ring, Sothis just says to wear it themselves.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: As you play through the routes, you gradually learn that the Church of Seiros is, while not really evil, at least keeping some major secrets from you (Rhea in particular is keeping a lot of secrets), so the player might suspect that Sothis, the goddess worshiped by the church, is also shady. As it turns out, while she can be sharp-tongued, Sothis really is the benevolent goddess she's worshiped as; she even sacrifices her individuality to fuse with Byleth to help them escape Solon's trap Granted, one of the books of dubious validity in the Abyss library paints Sothis as a false goddess who floods the world with "Despair" when mankind commits too many atrocities.
  • She's Got Legs: Her artwork puts a lot of emphasis on them, at least.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: Played With. Sothis is weaker within Byleth's mind than she was in life (unable to use her true power directly as she lacks a body), but her form is not due to weakness specifically so much as remembering so little about herself, including what she looks like. Thus, according to a interview she adopted a form that was "halfway" to her original humanoid form, in both shape and size. This original form is seen briefly near the start of the game.
  • Spanner in the Works: She ends up being this to Seiros', aka Rhea's, entire plan when she merges with Byleth. Rhea wanted nothing more than to bring back Sothis via Byleth, but never expected Sothis to not be interested.
  • Stripperiffic: Sothis's dress is cut in such a way that would easily make her a Ms. Fanservice if she wasn't so youthful looking.
  • Symbiotic Possession: For the first half of the game various characters (such as Indech and Seteth) believe Sothis has in a sense reincarnated/incarnated in Byleth, her mind/memories being treated as something like a suppressed side of Byleth. In fact, they are truly different spirits, so they share the body and regard themselves as separate individuals. Put another way, Rhea thought Byleth's body had inadvertently become a vessel for Sothis's soul to escape from its Soul Jar, but Byleth had their own soul and it ended up a mix of this trope and Sharing a Body, with Byleth having control over the body. Whether or not Rhea accepts that they are not and cannot become Sothis depends on the route.
  • Time Abyss: While it's never discussed much in-game, Sothis is easily older than recorded history in Fodlan. She's also older than the recorded history of the previous civilization on Fódlan, Agartha. And going by her dialogue in Heroes... she's older than recorded history for at least one other world too. Sothis is very likely the absolute oldest character in the entire franchise. A developer interview noted that if one includes everything referenced in the game's lore of Fódlan's history, then it covers as much as 10,000 years of time, and Sothis arrived at the start of that known history. And then it's implied in Heroes that she's been helping create and uplift life on numerous other worlds even before she came to Fodlan.
  • Time Master: Her ability to manipulate time allows her to outright change the past, as shown when she uses it on Byleth to save them in the intro. She gives this ability to Byleth as well. This manifests in gameplay as the limited ability to undo moves, much like Mila's Turnwheel.
  • Together in Death: In her S-Support epilogue, she promises that when Byleth inevitably dies, she will follow them to whatever afterlife awaits.
  • Truly Single Parent: There's no mention of her ever having a mate, and the Nabateans are stated to have been born from her blood.
  • Tsundere: She constantly scalds and berates Byleth, calling them an idiot for any mistake or slight...but generally cares about them, even beyond her own self-preservation. Taken Up to Eleven if she is S-Supported, where she shows up because Byleth was lonely, only to berate them again. When she is finally confronted about her feelings, she loudly gushes that she is passionately, overwhelmingly in love with them.
  • Walking Spoiler: The truth behind her mysterious nature is crucial to several plot developments.
  • War God: Dedue reveals through his supports that Sothis was incorporated into the Duscur pantheon. She was viewed as a God of War prayed to before battle.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Dishes these out like candy on Halloween.
    • She gives one to Rhea for blindly letting a sociopathic madman work as her librarian.
    • She gives one to Byleth for falling right into Solon's trap despite Rhea telling them to their face that they were likely being baited and nearly getting the both of them killed.
    • A more humorous example occurs when she attempts to wake Byleth from their 5 year coma; if you choose the dialogue option asking who is speaking, she berates you for forgetting so easily. If you instead comment that you're still sleepy, she berates you for not wanting to wake up when there is a literal war going on outside. Either way, she calls you childish and more or less drags you from your slumber to kick off the second half of the plot.
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