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Gharnef

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Gharnef

FESD Gharnef.png
Artwork of Gharnef from Shadow Dragon.
Gender

Male

Race

Human

Title(s)

Dark Pontifex

Starting class

Bishop
Dark Mage
Sorcerer

Voiced by

Takeshi Aono
(Japanese, OVA)
Charles C. Campbell[1]
(US English, OVA)

Appearance(s)
What? The dregs of Archanea have come to challenge my kingdom? Ha ha ha... Really, do they think people have not tried before?
— Gharnef

Gharnef (ガーネフ Garnef) was a powerful sorcerer known as the Dark Pontifex. Formerly a student of the White Sage Gotoh alongside Miloah, he turned on Gotoh after being denied the inheritance of the Aura tome and stole the Darksphere, with which he crafted his signature tome Imhullu. His possession of the Darksphere, which came to house his soul, twisted him into a malevolent figure and led him to actively work to resurrect the ancient Shadow Dragon Medeus. In the War of Shadows, Gharnef acted as a second-in-command to Medeus, seized the rule of Khadein from Miloah, stole the Falchion following the death of Altea's King Cornelius, and manipulated the rulers of Grust, Gra and Macedon into allying with Dolhr.

Though struck down by the power of Starlight during the war, Gharnef's soul lived on in the Darksphere, and with it he was revived from death by his heretic bishop disciples. He sought to engineer Medeus's revival for a second time, orchestrating the capture of four noble clerics, the corruption of Archanea's Emperor Hardin through the Darksphere, and the outbreak of the War of Heroes.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Role

When Marth's army came to Khadein in search of the Falchion, Gharnef briefly emerged to attack them, fully aware they were incapable of being a serious threat to him at the time. Eventually he grew bored and left.

In the closing acts of the war, Marth's army was sent by Gotoh to Thabes, Gharnef's residence and source of power, in order to retrieve the Falchion and rescue Marth's sister Elice from his captivity. Now wielding Starlight, Gharnef's dark protection from Imhullu was pierced and he was slain.

Stats

Portrait gharnef fe01.png
Bishop
Level 10
Max HP 34
Movement 6
Stats
Strength 7 Luck 0
Skill 5 Defense 12
Speed 18 Resistance 0
Inventory
Is nes01 tome.png Imhullu
Weapon Levels
Sword
--
Lance
--
Axe
--
Bow
--
Tome
14
Staff
14

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem

Book 1

Role

When Marth's army came to Khadein in search of the Falchion, Gharnef briefly emerged to attack them, fully aware they were incapable of being a serious threat to him at the time. Eventually he grew bored and left.

In the closing acts of the war, Marth's army was sent by Gotoh to Thabes, Gharnef's residence and source of power, in order to retrieve the Falchion and rescue Marth's sister Elice from his captivity. Now wielding Starlight, Gharnef's dark protection from Imhullu was pierced and he was slain.

Stats

Portrait gharnef fe03.png
Bishop
Level 10
Max HP 34
Movement 6
Stats
Strength 10 Luck 4
Skill 2 Defense 10
Speed 6 Resistance 8
Inventory
Is snes01 imhullu.png Imhullu
Is snes01 falchion.png FalchionThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Weapon Levels
Sword
--
Lance
--
Axe
--
Bow
--
Tome
*
Staff
*

Book 2

Role

Following his resurrection, Gharnef engineered the War of Shadows by passing the Darksphere on to Hardin, causing him to become corrupted by his hatred and depression. In the confusion of Hardin's reign upon the rest of the continent, Gharnef stole the Falchion from Altea Castle during its downfall and orchestrated the capture of four noble clerics - Nyna, Maria, Elice and Lena - for use in the rites of Medeus's revival.

When Marth defeated Hardin, Gharnef and three of his heretic bishops appeared before him disguised as the four clerics, but were repelled and revealed by the newly-restored Shield of Seals. At the Dragon's Altar, Gharnef confronted Marth's army once again as they raided in an effort to stop Medeus's revival, and was slain permanently.

Stats

Portrait gharnef fe03.png
Dark Mage
Level 20
Max HP 34
Movement 6
Stats
Strength 12 Luck 4
Skill 1 Defense 15
Speed 5 Resistance 10
Inventory
Is snes01 imhullu.png Imhullu
Is snes01 falchion.png FalchionThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Weapon Levels
Sword
--
Lance
--
Axe
--
Bow
--
Tome
*
Staff
*

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

Role

When Marth's army came to Khadein in search of the Falchion, Gharnef briefly emerged to attack them, fully aware they were incapable of being a serious threat to him at the time. Eventually he grew bored and left.

In the closing acts of the war, Marth's army was sent by Gotoh to Thabes, Gharnef's residence and source of power, in order to retrieve the Falchion and rescue Marth's sister Elice from his captivity. Now wielding Starlight, Gharnef's dark protection from Imhullu was pierced and he was slain.

Stats

Enemy, Ch.15 Boss, Ch.23

Portrait gharnef fe11.png
Sorcerer
Level 15
Movement 6
Stats
Max HP 34 Speed 18
Strength 2 Luck 0
Magic 5 Defense 11
Skill 5 Resistance 10
Inventory
Is ds imhullu.png Imhullu
Weapon Ranks
DSRankSword.png -- DSRankLance.png -- DSRankAxe.png --
DSRankBow.png -- DSRankTome.png A DSRankStaff.png E

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, Heroes of Light and Shadow

Role

Following his resurrection, Gharnef engineered the War of Shadows by passing the Darksphere on to Hardin, causing him to become corrupted by his hatred and depression. In the confusion of Hardin's reign upon the rest of the continent, Gharnef stole the Falchion from Altea Castle during its downfall and orchestrated the capture of four noble clerics - Nyna, Maria, Elice and Lena - for use in the rites of Medeus's revival.

When Marth defeated Hardin, Gharnef and three of his heretic bishops appeared before him disguised as the four clerics, but were repelled and revealed by the newly-restored Shield of Seals. At the Dragon's Altar, Gharnef confronted Marth's army once again as they raided in an effort to stop Medeus's revival, and was slain permanently.

Additionally, Gharnef controlled a network of assasins led by Eremiya, tasking them with attempting to assassinate Marth before he could interfere. They were also responsible for bringing him the four clerics.

Stats

Boss, Ch.23 Playable, extra chapters

Portrait gharnef fe12.png
Sorcerer
Level 20
Movement 6
Stats
Max HP 38 Speed 15
Strength 2 Luck 0
Magic 12 Defense 13
Skill 16 Resistance 17
Inventory
Is ds imhullu.png Imhullu
Is ds falchion.png FalchionThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Weapon Ranks
DSRankSword.png -- DSRankLance.png -- DSRankAxe.png --
DSRankBow.png -- DSRankTome.png A DSRankStaff.png E

Fire Emblem: Awakening

Gharnef is playable as a bonus SpotPass character, as part of the Shadow Dragon character set. He also appears as an enemy unit in the DLC chapters Lost Bloodlines 2 and 3, and Rogues & Redeemers 1 and 3; as well as an ally unit in the DLC chapter Rogues & Redeemers 2.

Starting stats and growth rates


This section is missing stats or growth rates which may be currently unknown. When this information becomes available, please help improve the page by adding it.


Sorcerer
Level 20
Movement 6
Recruitment: SpotPass, hire him for 19,000G or defeat him in a skirmish.

Stats Growth Rates Stat Modifiers

Inventory Skills
Is 3ds goetia.png Goetia* Is 3ds hex.png Hex
Is 3ds anathema.png Anathema
Is 3ds vengeance.png Vengeance
Is 3ds tomebreaker.png Tomebreaker
Is 3ds lifetaker.png Lifetaker
Weapon Ranks
3DSRankSword.png -- 3DSRankLance.png -- 3DSRankAxe.png --
3DSRankBow.png -- 3DSRankTome.png A 3DSRankStaff.png --

Reclassing options


Gharnef
Base classes:*
Dark Mage Sorcerer
Dark Knight
Reclass options:
This unit can reclass to any male class available through reclassing.
Click here for more details on the reclassing system.


Growth rates when reclassed

Growth rates for all SpotPass bonus units are unknown at this time.

Promotion stat gains

Archer Barbarian Cavalier Dark Mage Wyvern Rider Fighter Knight Mage Mercenary Myrmidon Priest Tactician Thief

Class HP Str Mag Skill Spd Def Res Move Weapon level
Sniper +4 +2 +1 +4 +3 +5 +3 +1 --
Bow Knight +8 +3 +0 +2 +4 +1 +2 +3 3DSRankSword.png E

Skill set

Like all male bonus units in Awakening, Gharnef has access to all base class and advanced class skills available to standard male units.

Personality and character

Originally Gharnef was thoroughly a man of justice and good intentions, despite lacking compassion and love, and was a highly competent student of Gotoh. However, this changed when Gotoh decided to designate Miloah as the successor of Khadein and the Aura tome, owing to his lack of compassion: Gharnef was twisted by jealousy and rage, which prompted him to steal the Darksphere. The creation of the Imhullu tome sealed his soul in the Darksphere, corrupting him even further into the Dark Pontifex[2].

From then on, Gharnef was characterised by an almost fanatical devotion to despair and vengeance upon humanity, seeking their end through the revival of Medeus. His preferred method of operation was to remain in the shadows while manipulating other people into his service, such as Jiol, Ludwik, Michalis and Eremiya; in the latter case he even threw it in her face as she died and was released from his control[3]. He delighted in the suffering of others, regardless of who they were, and rumours abounded that he had no intention of remaining subservient to Medeus in the long run, plotting instead to slay and usurp him.

Quotes

Battle quotes

You dare oppose me, fool? You must not value your life. Cower before the might of the magic Imhullu: once forbidden, now unleashed!
— Gharnef, as an enemy in Chapter 15 of Shadow Dragon.
Heh heh heh... You dare challenge me, fool? You must not value your life. Cower before the might of the dark magic Imhullu!
— Gharnef, as the boss of Chapter 23 of Shadow Dragon.
Heh heh heh... Perhaps... a taste of Imhullu's might is necessary.
— Gharnef, as the boss of Chapter 23 of New Mystery of the Emblem.
Your blade is blunt before me, Marth... I'll smash you and the Binding Shield into pieces!!
— Gharnef when fighting Marth, as the boss of Chapter 23 of New Mystery of the Emblem.
Heh heh heh... Allow me to demonstrate Imhullu's might...
— Gharnef when fighting Kris, as the boss of Chapter 23 of New Mystery of the Emblem.
Heh heh heh... Let me teach you the meaning of despair!
— Gharnef, as a playable character in Assassins in New Mystery of the Emblem.

Death quote

Agh! What... Where did you get...Starlight...? Still, you are a fool ...Your power is not enough to defeat Medeus...I shall be waiting in the pits of the inferno...for when he sends you to join me... Heh heh, ha ha ha!
— Gharnef, as the boss of Chapter 23 of Shadow Dragon.
Heh heh... You're too late... The end is nigh...
— Gharnef, as the boss of Chapter 23 of New Mystery of the Emblem.
Heh heh heh... Maybe I fooled around too much... I'll fall back for now!
— Gharnef, as a playable character in Assassins in New Mystery of the Emblem.

Other appearances

Gharnef in the OVA.

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem (anime)

Gharnef appears in a flashback in the first episode, Prince of Aritia. Following Gra's betrayal of Altea at Fort Menedy and the decimation of its army by both Gra and Grust, Gharnef appeared before King Cornelius and offered him the safety of the Altean people (albeit in slavery) in exchange for Cornelius's surrender. Cornelius refused and attempted to attack Gharnef using Falchion, but was easily killed by a single blast of Gharnef's Imhullu.

Trivia

  • In Ankoku Ryuu, Gharnef's portrait is a recolor and edit of Bantu's (or vice-versa).

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

References

  1. Anime News Network: Fire Emblem (OVA)
  2. "Elrean, listen to me... Gharnef, along with Pontifex Miloah, were Lord Gotoh's best pupils. But Lord Gotoh saw Gharnef's weakness, and so he left Khadein and the Aura tome to Pontifex Miloah. Gharnef, overcome by jealousy, stole the Darksphere from Lord Gotoh, and created the Imhullu tome. As a result... His heart was trapped within the Darksphere for all eternity. Wrath and envy led him to ruin. Do you understand now, Elrean...?" - Wendell, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  3. "Heh heh... Hypocrites like you and Marth disgust me. Despairing over the orphans' deaths, you fell all too easily under my spell. And then you gathered children, subjecting them to hellish training, just as I told you to. You watched the children cry and scream... and yet, you smiled... Heh heh, 'twas quite a sight. " - Gharnef, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
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