Nikora Stormheart is a new villain introduced in the School of Dragons expansion "Rise of Stormheart" in August 2017.
Arrival at the Archipelago
Nikora Stormheart wanted to expand her operations for more business opportunities, so she journeyed to the Barbaric Archipelago. She appears to deal in dragons, among other things. Initially, she did not want any trouble, and sent Harald Forkbeard, her new underling, to tell the Dragon Riders that she has arrived and would appreciate no interference. However, if the Riders did interfere with her activities, they would face serious repercussions from her. She gave a strange statue as a sign of good faith, but to also to plant a weapon among them if needed.
Nikora Stormheart does not hesitate to take advantage of dragons to suit her needs. After Trader Johann mistakenly directs the Riders to attack a ship belonging to Stormheart, she retaliates with her planted statue. She uses Grimora venom in a gaseous form on some wild dragons, so that they attack Dragon's Edge.
Attacking the Archipelago
|“||Stormheart has assumed her rightful place as ruler. You see, her ancestors once ruled here centuries ago. When Stormheart returned with the ancestral symbol, all of Auction Island bowed to her as their leader. I'm sure many more islands in the archipelago will see the light soon enough. [src]||”|
In an effort to establish a headquarters in the Archipelago, Nikora ransacks Johann's treasure trove in the Ship Graveyard looking for a map. She somehow gets ahold of Skulder the Archaeologist and forces him to interpret a symbolic map. The map leads to Vanaheim. There she attacks the Sentinel dragons there, looking for a lost ancient heirloom of her people. The player inadvertently finds it while diving off the coast of Vanaheim, attached to the underwater skeleton of a Luminous Krayfin. When the player resurfaces, Nikora is waiting on a Seashocker and gives the choice of swapping the heirloom for Skulder and Fishlegs, whom she captured. Snotlout and the player sneak aboard the tempest and manage to free Skulder, but Nikora is ready with Fishlegs in a cage hanging over the water. The player is forced to give Nikora the heirloom in exchange for Fishlegs' release. Instead, she releases the cage which falls into the water. The player and Lumie save Fishlegs and everyone escapes.
Later, Nikora sends Harald and her soldiers to various places around the Archipelago to attack, including: Armorwing Island, Mudraker Island, Scuttleclaw Island, and Berk. All these are a diversion, however, while Nikora herself goes to Auction Island and takes over, simply by showing the heirloom. The heirloom proves that her ancestors once ruled Auction Island.
Nikora has medium black hair, tied in multiple braids. She has white face paint, similar to Harald's and a blue stripe down her mouth.
Nikora appears to be cold and ambitious. She is thoughtful and calculating, planning each of her moves to attain her goals. Though it is not seen in the game yet, she gives the appearance of an excellent fighter. Though she may seek to avoid conflict at first, Nikora will plan for being crossed, as seen in "Rise of Stormheart". She gave Hiccup and the Dragon Riders fair warning to let her be, but planted a 'gift' statue just in case. She can also be heartless and conniving, as seen when she drops a cage with Fishlegs in it into the water even after she got what she wanted (her heirloom) in "Wrath of Stormheart".
|“||Odin help any Viking foolish enough to challenge Nikora Stormheart alone. Her ancestors were part of a seafaring people who once owned Auction Island. Stormheart is a natural leader, who would do anything to gain power. She is ruthless and is even willing to use her Grimora poison on innocent dragons. Armed with the might a loyal crew, and a powerful ship, Stormheart is an intimidating rival for any Viking. ... Stormheart will stop at nothing to get what she wants, even if it means attempting to declare a war on the archipelago.||”|
|— School of Dragons Website|
Harald is a bit of a lying weasel who switches sides to the one he thinks is winning. No doubt Nikora is aware of this, yet allows him to work for her. In fact, by the second expansion featuring Nikora, she already trusts Harald enough to captain The Tempest, without her aboard. That said, he is willing to directly fight for her (in the dragon tactics mini-game), whereas in past appearances he seems to avoid direct conflict and fighting.
- She is the first female villain in a game, and the second in the franchise. The first female villain was Skuld the Sorceress.
- She is the second female leader seen in the franchise, the first being Mala.
- Nikora was indirectly mentioned in the expansion "Return to Dragon Island", when Harald sends a letter to the Dragon Hunters saying "I have a new buyer."
- Her staff is similar to Valka's, except the blue orb embedded in the staff of Nikora's.
- The staff is also similar to Loki's scepter from the Marvel film The Avengers.
- She is the first character who wears sandals instead of boots.
- Based on the sandals and the light, robe-like attire she wears, Stormheart may come from a warmer climate.
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