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A military tactician from the Olderion Federation, and one of the Warden of the Waters, who have protected the Water Shrine for generations. His dedication to his role means that he disregards his own feelings, always choosing the greatest good for the greatest number. Never one to mince words, he is often misunderstood as a cynic.
—Official site description

Nichol is one of the main characters of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. A respected tactician and commander from the Olderion Federation, he was born to the Wardens of the Waters line that has protected Olderion for generations. He is the older brother of Luka and Elle, and through him, Arsha's brother-in-law.

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AppearanceEdit

Nichol has sea foam green eyes and light blue hair. He wears a white longcoat, a light blue scarf, a dark blue waistcoat, dark gray trousers and white gloves and boots.

PersonalityEdit

Faced with a choice between saving one life or one hundred lives...you must choose the hundred. That is the creed of the tactician.
—Nichol

Nichol is serious, knowledgeable and detached, but can be harsh towards those he considers careless, for which he is often misunderstood as a cynic. While he is strict and "difficult to deal with", according to his brother Elle, Nichol puts his duties as a Warden of the Waters first, always choosing the greatest good for the greatest number.

Although his dedication to his duties means that he needs to disregard his own feelings—even those he has for his family—he does care for his brother and sister. Due to being an excellent tactician, most Olderion soldiers have absolute faith in his abilities, although some consider him to be a "cold-blooded tyrant".

StoryEdit

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No. 304: "A military tactician for the Olderion Federation, and one of the Wardens of the Waters, who have protected the Water Shrine for generations. His dedication to his role means that he disregards his own feelings, always choosing the greatest good for the greatest number. Never one to mince words, he is often misunderstood as a cynic."
No. 305: "A military tactician for the Olderion Federation. He is the eldest of his family, the Wardens of the Waters. Though he puts his duties as a Warden first, seemingly taking his family for granted, deep down he really cares for his brother and sister. It seems his sister Luka can see down to his true clumsy nature."
No. 306: "A military tactician for the Olderion Federation. He was given a great many books on magic as a young child, as their were high expectations of him being of the Wardens of the Waters. Raised in isolation from other children his age, he took a deep interest instead in the people he read about in books. Among these characters, he took particular interest in a legendary female warrior from an army of darkness."
—Entries for different versions of Nichol.

Born to the ancestral line of the Warden of the Waters, Nichol was raised in isolation from other children his age, and had to study many books on magic. He had to act like one of the adults and prove himself a worthy successor to the line to protect Olderion and the Water Crystal. Eventually, while his sister became the Water Priestess, Nichol became a tactician.

He is far from emotionless, although his stoic remarks remain a constant. He develops a murderous grudge against the Veritas of the Waters due to the atrocities she committed against her nation and his family, turning into an obsession deep enough for him to display uncharacteristic violence. After learning of her circumstances and with encouragement of his friends, Nichol reconsiders and is able to move forward. He uses this newfound experience to convince Veritas of the Light into abandoning her own vengeful quest, which earns them the affection of the two Paladians.

Through undisclosed circumstances he befriends Jake, with the latter teaching him his experience in love affairs. Although Nichol still believes Jake to be a "perverted, lecherous and licentious" individual, he does find this friendship fruitful and Jake's advices to be amusing.

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GameplayEdit

Nichol is a story unit obtained during Chapter III upon completion of the Water Shrine dungeon. His job is listed as Tactician, and his roles are Magical Damage and Support. He starts at Rarity 3★, and can be awakened up to 5★. As a main character, Nichol has variants: For the Japan-only collaboration with Monster Hunter Explore, the limited-time "Hunter Nichol" (4-6★), and during the Halloween 2017 event, the GL-exclusive "Illusionist Nichol" (4-6★).

He has a Season Two variant: "Maritime Strategist Nichol", a 5-6★ Rare Summon that has been available since June 2018. His job is now listed as Strategist, and his skillset has been reworked. Nichol is a top-tier "buffer", able to boost stats, recover MP, mitigate damage taken, boost the Limit gauge fill rate, and increase elemental resistances.

Like the other CG units, Nichol's Limit Burst ("Ancient Formula") is a special FMV sequence and has a powerful effect: it boosts the party's stats, removes stat reductions, and restores their HP and MP. He appeared as a guest unit in his own introduction quest as well as 5 stages from Where Destinies Intersect (Forced Journey, Where Destinies Intersect, A Documented Riddle, Miraculous Escape).

Nichol also appears as a boss on the stage Grieving Knoll - The Strategist's Plan. He summons two visions to fight alongside him: Charlotte and Lawrence.

Other appearancesEdit

King's Knight -Wrath of the Dark Dragon-Edit

Nichol appeared as an obtainable unit during the Here Comes Brave! collaboration event. In the King's Knight job system, Nichol was a Gigant.

Bravely Default: Fairy's EffectEdit

Nichol's outfit was available during the Final Fantasy Brave Exvius collaboration.

Triple TriadEdit

Nichol appears on Triple Triad cards in the version available via the Final Fantasy Portal App.

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EtymologyEdit

Nichol is a Scottish variant of the name Nicol, a Medieval English and Scottish form of the name Nicholas. It comes from the Greek name Νικολαος (Nikolaos) which meant "victory of the people" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and λαος (laos) "people".

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