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Bastian

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Bastian

FEPR Bastian.png
Artwork of Bastian from Path of Radiance.

The count of Fayre. He is well versed in the art of diplomacy and the ways of the world, and is one of Elincia’s most faithful vassals. He enjoys speaking as if he is on stage at all times.

Gender

Male

Race

Beorc

Nationality

Crimean

Title(s)

Count of Fayre

Starting class

Sage (Path of Radiance)
Arch Sage (Radiant Dawn)

Appearance(s)
When I look back on my performing days, I know that any hardship in my road shall be like ashes at the fire's end! Yet till Crimea sees its freedom come, I shall pass myself as the simple fool!
— Bastian, to Makalov

Bastian (ユリシーズ Ulysses) is a Crimean mage and noblemen, bearing the title of Count of Fayre. Formerly a vassal in the service of the former Crown Prince Renning, he entered the service of Princess - later Queen - Elincia during the Mad King's War. Following the war, he disappeared and worked with Volke to track down Izuka and find a means of curing the Feral One condition afflicting Renning; during this time, he hired Ike and the Greil Mercenaries to support Elincia at the climax of Ludveck's rebellion.

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

Role

Following Crimea's defeat in the Mad King's War, Bastian took refuge in Castle Delbray with Lucia and Geoffrey and performed covert operations across Crimea to gather surviving royal retainers; during these, Bastian disguised himself as a street performer.[1] Near the war's end, he and Geoffrey set about preparing for Elincia's imminent return to Delbray, but were interrupted by an attack on the castle by Daein soldiers. Bastian fled the castle to warn Elincia while Geoffrey remained behind as a decoy, and participated in the remainder of the war following. Following the defeat of Bertram, Bastian identified him as Renning and had him taken away to his castle, in the hope of curing his feral condition.[2]

Starting stats and growth rates

Bastian
Sage
Level 13
Affinity Is gcn windaffin.png
Constitution 10
Recruitment: Chapter 24, automatically from turn 2.

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory Skills
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Is gcn stiletto.png Stiletto
Is gcn corrosion.png Corrosion
Is gcn knife (skill).png Knife
Weapon Ranks
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Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

Role

Following the ascension of Pelleas to the Daein throne, Bastian was sent by Elincia as an envoy to the newly-reconstructed nation, during which he also investigated the whereabouts of the Black Knight, and so was not present during Ludveck's insurrection. However, he was aware of Ludveck's motivations prior to his departure, and so located and commissioned the Greil Mercenaries to assist Elincia, tasking them to remain hidden until the last moment.[3]

Following the Daein mission, he remained away from Crime and, with Volke in his employ, pursued Izuka in the hope of curing Renning of his affliction by the Feral One drug; he was again not present to assist in the war with Begnion, although he returned to Crimea to recruit Geoffrey into assisting him with Renning.[4] He, Volke and Geoffrey finally re-emerged and rejoined Elincia in the Hawk Army, following Ashera's judgement, but were interrupted by Izuka's escape from their custody. After dealing with Izuka, he explained the nature of his mission and absence - to cure Renning - and had Reyson use the Galdr of Rebirth to heal him. [2]

Starting stats and growth rates

Bastian
Arch Sage
Level 10
Affinity Is wii windaffin.png
Constitution 10
Recruitment: Part 4 Chapter 5, automatically from the base.

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory Skills
Is wii arcwind.png Arcwind
Is wii elthunder.png Elthunder
Is wii elfire.png Elfire
Is wii elixir.png Elixir
Is wii corrosion.png Corrosion
Is wii shove.png Shove
Is wii flare.png Flare
Weapon Ranks
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WiiRankFire.png A WiiRankWind.png SS WiiRankThunder.png A WiiRankLight.png -- WiiRankDark.png -- WiiRankStaff.png B
Biorhythm
Best
Good
Normal
Bad
Worst

The above stats are Bastian's default stats. If a Radiant Dawn game was started via a data transfer from Path of Radiance, any stat Bastian capped in Path of Radiance will result in a boost to his base in the stat in question in Radiant Dawn.

Personality and character

Though exceptionally bright and knowledgeable in the ways of diplomacy and the broader world, Bastian prefers to cloak himself in a grandiose, theatrical air. He constantly speaks in an elaborate poetic manner incorporating iambic pentameter, often obscuring his true meaning through heavy-handed verse and minor riddles; this leads most people with whom he deals to be frustrated at him.[5] Despite his usual outward behavior, he is typically calmer and more level-headed than his associates, keeping calm in times of stress or excitement.[6] He harbors an ongoing romantic interest in fellow Crimean knight Lucia, whom he pursues relentlessly; he believes that she reciprocates this despite her constant protestations.[7]

Supports

Path of Radiance

Main article: Bastian/Supports
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Bastian
Sage
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Volke
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C: 0
B: 1
A: 2
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Makalov
Sword Knight Is gcn thunderaffin.png
C: 1
B: 3
A: 4
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Lucia
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B: 2
A: 3

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Click here for more details on supports.

Radiant Dawn

Bond supports

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Bastian
Arch Sage
Default bonds:
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Geoffrey
Lance Paladin
Bonus:
10

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Bishop
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Extra bonds:*
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Volke
Assassin
Bonus:
5
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Makalov
Blade Paladin
Bonus:
5
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Lucia
Swordmaster
Bonus:
5

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Bishop
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Click here for more details on supports.

Endings

Radiant Dawn

Crimea's Keystone - Bastian
Bastian's unparalleled diplomatic skills ensured that many treaties were signed, spreading peace across Tellius.

Quotes

Battle quotes

True knights know when to retreat.
— An unused quote intended to be Bastian's escape quote in Path of Radiance.
Hmm…it’s true that your knowledge is a valuable asset. [...] I have some knowledge of anatomy. Once you are dead, perhaps I will dissect your brain and see if I can identify the root of your intelligence. [...] Exactly, yet you had no hesitation before doing worse to the laguz. I will speed you now to the afterlife, where you may contemplate your life’s egregious mistakes.
— Bastian, when fighting Izuka in Radiant Dawn.

Death quote

Gaa...urr... Does my glorious life end here? No, I say... My eyes must not close. Not until they witness the rebirth of my beloved Crimea...
— Bastian, in Path of Radiance.
...Here shall I cross... from this world...to death's dry kingdom. I always suspected...that it would come to this.
— Bastian, in Radiant Dawn.

Other appearances

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Bastian German contracted form of Sebastian, from the Latin Sebastianus, "from Sebaste".[8]
Japanese ユリシーズ Officially Romanized as Ulysses. Variant of Ulyxes, the Latin name for the Greek hero Odysseus.
Spanish Bastian As above.
French Bastian As above.
German Juri Variant of Yuri, the Slavic variant of the given name George.
Italian Bastian As above.

References

  1. "Lucia: We disguised ourselves as merchants or peasants, and Daein looked right past us. Their arrogance is without equal...However, now that we've heard of your return, we are bringing out our hidden Crimean armor and polishing away!
    Elincia: Merchants? Ha! Geoffrey is one thing, but I cannot imagine Bastian as a shopkeeper.
    Lucia: No one could. That's why he dressed as a street performer.
    Elincia: Now that, I can see! I'm sure it suited him perfectly. Did he juggle and gambol about? Hee hee!!
    " - Lucia and Elincia, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Bastian: Duke Renning was apparently killed three years ago...But as you can see, he is still alive. Duke Renning was one of the strongest warriors in Crimea, and while Daein tried to kill him, he survived. When the Mad King heard of his skill,he had Renning kidnapped and gave him the drug that creates Feral Ones. This drug made Duke Renning even stronger, but shattered his mind. He became Bertram, one of Ashnard's infamous Four Riders. After Her Majesty and company defeated him, I had him taken back to my castle. I hoped to find a cure, but I didn't want to raise false hope, Your Majesty, so I kept the secret. However, his mind continued to deteriorate, and there were no signs of improvement. As a last resort, I hired Volke to investigate a way to cure him. Volke quickly discovered that Duke Renning's transformation was engineered by a man called Izuka. This man had made himself an aide to the new king of Daein and was not difficult to locate. Feeling that Renning was running out of time, we kidnapped Izuka to learn more of the condition.Returning to Fayre Castle, we interrogated Izuka at length and discovered more about his experiments. Perhaps unsurprisingly, beorc are affected differently by the drug than laguz. Izuka then offered to create an antidote in exchange for his freedom.
    Geoffrey: Did you agree to it?!
    Bastian: We refused without a second thought. Such a monster cannot be allowed to roam free. Besides, we know a more certain way to cure Lord Renning.
    Lucia: The galdr of rebirth!
    " - Bastian, Geoffrey and Lucia, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
  3. "Elincia: Sir Ike... If you hadn't come to help, I would have lost one of my dearest friends. Thank you... Thank you ever so much.
    Ike: We were happy to do it. And Bastian pays well for mercenary work.
    Elincia Bastian?
    Ike: Yes. The count of Fayre knew about Ludveck's plotting before he left for Daein. Bastian guessed that if he left the country, the rebels would feel confident enough to make their move. What else would you expect from Crimea's top tactician? Well...Crimea's most deceptive old dog, at any rate.
    Elincia: Yes, that's just like him...
    Ike: Sorry that we had to stay hidden until the last minute. For a ruse like that to work, you have to deceive allies as well as enemies. I know you were acting in Crimea's best interests, but I'm sorry you had to let that happen to Lucia.
    " - Elincia and Ike, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
  4. "Elincia: After the Mad King's War, Begnion sent an envoy to investigate war crimes committed during Ashnard's reign. The Black Knight had already left Daein before the empire's observer arrived. Where he went remains a mystery. That was the last piece of information we received from Bastian. Then he sent word saying that something more important had come up with regards to Crimea. He's been missing ever since. I haven't heard a single word from him.
    Ike: Bastian likes to keep his secrets. He's probably just laying low somewhere.
    Lucia: I'm not so sure. He must've found something important, some new piece of information that he had to pursue.
    " - Elincia, Ike and Lucia, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
  5. "Bastian: I suppose one as swift as our king of the skies is unlikely to count patience as one of his virtues. Fear not! I shall tell you everything. But first, I must ask you both to step away from other ears. And would it be possible to rouse the prince with the elegant white wings?
    Tibarn: Are you asking me to get Reyson? Fine. But do me a favor and talk like a normal person, would you?
    Lucia: It is a terrible habit of yours, Bastian. I've never known anyone who talked so much, but said so little.
    " - Bastian, Tibarn and Lucia, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
  6. "Geoffrey: Say, Bastian... How far do you suppose the princess and her escort have come? Why aren't they here yet?
    Bastian: ...Sigh. Listen, friend. You have asked me that same question fifty-eight times. And I have responded fifty-seven times. But now, fifty-eight comes anon...You. Need. To. Calm. Yourself.
    Geoffrey: I know, but--
    Bastian: It's only a little while longer. Make no mistake, our princess will arrive today. I understand your impatience, I really do. But you're the general of our little army. If you act so, the men will react in kind.
    Geoffrey: You, you're right...
    Bastian: A true knight is the essence of composure. Take a deep breath. Breathe in...and out...
    " - Geoffrey and Bastian, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
  7. "Lucia: Count Bastian! Where are you?!
    Bastian: Lady Lucia... It's not like you to be looking for me. Or even acknowledge my existence, for that matter! Ta ha ha!
    Lucia: How badly are you hurt? Do I need to tie a tourniquet?
    Bastian: A tourniquet? Ta ha ha, aha! No, my dear. I'm not injured. Unless you include the heart which you have so eagerly stomped!
    Lucia: You aren't hurt? Really? I heard a funny-looking man with a mustache suffered a severe injury. Naturally, I assumed it was you. But I see that wasn't the case.
    Bastian: Lady Lucia! You were so concerned with my welfare that you rushed to my aid! Ah! You are a true delight! A magestic--
    Lucia: That isn't the case at all.
    Bastian: There's no use in fighting your feelings! I have already given in to the bottomless pit that is my love for you!
    Lucia: Did you not hear me? I already told you how I felt.
    Bastian: The more you try to hide it, the more your true feelings show through! You cannot fight true romance any more than you can fight the tides, milady.
    Lucia: Arrrggg... Count! Will you please listen to me?!
    " - Lucia and Bastian, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
  8. Behind the Name: Bastian
Project Characters.png This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Playable characters AstridBastianBoydBromCalillDevdanElinciaEnaGatrieGiffcaGeoffreyHaarIkeIlyanaJanaffJillKieranLargoLetheLuciaMakalovMarciaMiaMistMordecaiMuarimNaesalaNasirNepheneeOscarRanulfReysonRhysRolfShinonSorenSotheStefanTanithTauroneoTibarnTitaniaTormodUlkiVolkeZihark
Trial map characters AshnardBryceOliverPetrineShiharam
Non-playable characters AimeeAltinaAsheraCaineghisDanielDeghinseaElenaGarethGreilHetzelIzukaJorgeKurthnagaLilliaLeanneLekainLoraziehLotzMustonNealuchiRajaionRamonRenningSanakiSephiranSigrunZelgius
Bosses AshnardBalmerBertramBlack KnightBoydBryceDakovaDanomillEmilEnaGashilamaGreilGromellHafeddHavettiHeddwynHomasaIkanauKamuraKasataiKayacheyKimaarsiKotaffMackoyaMaijinMuarimNaesalaNedataNorrisOliverPetrineRikardSchaefferSeekerShiharamTomenamiZawana
Regalia and personal weapons AlonditeAmitiAshera StaffDouble BowGurgurantRagnellRegal SwordRexauraRexboltRexcaliburRexflameRolf's BowUrvanVague KattiWishblade
Chapters P: Mercenaries • 1: The Battle Begins • 2: Rescue • 3: Pirates Aground • 4: Roadside Battle • 5: Flight! • 6: A Brief Diversion • 7: Shades of Evil • 8: Despair and Hope • 9: Gallia • 10: Prisoner Release • 11: Blood Runs Red • 12: A Strange Land • 13: A Guiding Wind • 14: Training • 15: The Feral Frontier • 16: The Atonement • 17: Day Breaks • 18: Crimea Marches • 19: Entrusted • 20: Defending Talrega • 21: Without a King • 22: Solo • 23: The Great Bridge • 24: Battle Reunion • 25: Strange Lands • 26: Clash! • 27: Moment of Fate • 28: Twisted Tower • Endgame: RepatriationTrial Maps
Locations TelliusBegnion (Sienne) • CrimeaDaein (NevassaTalrega) • GalliaGoldoaGrann DesertGritnea TowerKilvasPhoenicisSerenes Forest
Groups, objects and events Ancient languageGreat FloodGreil MercenariesLehran's MedallionMad King's War • Races (BeorcBrandedLaguz) • Serenes MassacreWarp powder
Related topics List of regional version differences (Name chart) • Other games (Radiant Dawn) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Playable characters Part I AranBlack KnightEdwardFionaIlyanaJillLauraLeonardoMegMicaiahMuarimNailahNolanRafielSotheTauroneoTormodVikaVolugZihark
Part II AstridBromCalillDanvedElinciaGeoffreyHaarHeatherKieranLeanneLetheLuciaMakalovMarciaMordecaiNealuchiNephenee
Part III BoydGatrieIkeJanaffKyzaLyreMiaMistOscarRanulfReysonRhysRolfShinonSigrunSorenTanithTitaniaUlki
Part IV BastianCaineghisEnaGarethGiffcaKurthnagaLehranNaesalaNasirOliverPelleasRenningSanakiSkrimirStefanTibarn
Non-playable characters AimeeAlderAlmedhaAltinaAmyAshuneraDanielElenaGreilJorgeLanvegaLargoLilliaLoraziehMustonNicoRajaionRamonSoanYuneZelgius
Bosses Part I AgonyBurtonDjurIsaiyaJarodLavertonPainPugoRadminWystanZaitan
Part II LudveckMarajTashoriaYeardleyZeffren
Part III CallumGoranIkeIstvanLethe/KezhdaLombrosoMicaiahRoarkRommitSeptimusSergeiSigrunSilvanoVeyona
Part IV AsheraBlack KnightCatalenaDheginseaHetzelIzukaLekainLevailNumidaOliverSephiranValtomeYuma
Regalia and personal weapons AlonditeAmitiAshera StaffBalberithBaselardCaladbolgCreiddyladCymbelineDouble BowEttardFloreteLughnasadhMatronaRagnellRexauraRexboltRexcaliburRexflameTarvosThaniUrvanVague KattiWishblade
Chapters Part I P: Under Gray Skies • 1: Maiden of Miracles • 2: The Dispossessed • 3: A Faint Light • 4: A Distant Voice • 5: The Lost Heir • 6: Raise the Standard • 7: A Gathering Hope • 8: Glory Unwanted • 9: One Survives • E: Daein, Arise!
Part II P: On Drifting Clouds • 1: Winds of Rebellion • 2: Tides of Intrigue • 3: Geoffrey's Charge • E: Elincia's Gambit
Part III P: The Great Advance • 1: Laguz and Beorc • 2: Stormclouds • 3: River Crossing • 4: The General's Hand • 5: Retreat! • 6: A Reason to Fight • 7: Rivals Collide • 8: Incandescent Glow • 9: Marauders • 10: The Heart of Crimea • 11: Just Cause • 12: The Price • 13: Blood Contract • E: From Pain, Awakening
Part IV P: Chaos Named • 1: Road to the Empire • 2: Silent World • 3: Distortions • 4: Revelations • 5: Unforgivable Sin • E1: Rebirth (1) • E2: Rebirth (2) • E3: Rebirth (3) • E4: Rebirth (4) • E5: Rebirth (5)
Locations TelliusBegnion (SienneTower of Guidance) • CrimeaDaeinDesert of DeathGalliaGoldoaGrann DesertHatariKilvasPhoenicisSerenes Forest
Groups, objects and events Ancient languageBlood pactDawn BrigadeDisciples of OrderGreat FloodGreil MercenariesLaguz AllianceLehran's MedallionMad King's War • Races (BeorcBrandedLaguzZunanma) • Serenes MassacreWarp powder
Related topics List of regional version differences (Name chart) • Other games (Path of Radiance) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline