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|“||The Ashen Wolves are a house in name alone. They are eager students with no teacher to guide them... If you could find it in your heart to take them under your wing, I would be most grateful.||”|
Aelfric Dahlman (pronounced /ˈɛlfɹɪk/[key]; Japanese: アルファルド＝ダールマン Alphard Dahlman) is a non-playable character appearing in the Fire Emblem: Three Houses expansion Cindered Shadows. He is the overseer of Abyss and an old friend of Byleth's parents, Jeralt and Sitri.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Fire Emblem: Three Houses
- 3 Personality and character
- 4 Quotes
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Etymology and other languages
- 7 Gallery
- 8 References
Aelfric was born in Garreg Mach Monastery, and fell in love with a nun named Sitri. However, Sitri fell in love with the captain of the Knights of Seiros, Jeralt, and died giving birth to her child Byleth. 6 years after her death, Aelfric founded the Ashen Wolves, a student group dedicated to protecting lost souls who ended up in the monastery's underground city, Abyss. 5 years later, he discovered Sitri's corpse buried deep within Abyss. Having knowledge of legends surrounding the Chalice of Beginnings, an artifact created by Saint Seiros that could supposedly resurrect the dead in a ritual called the Rite of Rising, he became obsessed with finding a way to bring Sitri back to life. To this end, he lured crestbearers of the Four Apostles, Yuri, Constance, Hapi, and Balthus, to Abyss to be used as blood sacrifices in the Rite of Rising. He also abducted many of Yuri's friends and family members to force him into giving his allegiance.
Aelfric first meets Byleth as an adult when they and a group of students blunder into Abyss and discover the Ashen Wolves. Through Yuri, Aelfric manipulates the group into seeking the Chalice of Beginnings. The group finds the chalice, but Aelfric is supposedly abducted by bandits led by Metodey. Byleth and the Ashen Wolves rescue him and drive off the bandits. Aelfric then betrays the Wolves, steals the Chalice, abducts them, and takes them to the Holy Mausoleum to complete the ritual. Byleth and their companions pursue them to the Mausoleum, rescue the Wolves, and defeat Aelfric. Rhea tries to convince him to stand down, but Aelfric flees to the cathedral and attempts to finish the ritual with his own blood. The ritual fails catastrophically; Aelfric and Sitri's corpse are absorbed by the Chalice and transformed into a horrific monster called an Umbral Beast, and Byleth is forced to slay him in battle.
In the main story, which appears to take place in a separate continuity from the Cindered Shadows campaign, he was instead expelled from the Church of Seiros due to an unidentified scandal. He makes an unnamed cameo appearance shortly before the Battle of the Eagle and Lion, where he asks Byleth to lay some flowers on Sitri's grave for him.
Aelfric is introduced as an NPC during the Cindered Shadows expansion, before being revealed to be the main antagonist. He is a temporary playable character in Chapter 5, a boss in Chapter 6, and the final boss in Chapter 7. In the main storyline, he is mentioned in dialogue in Abyss and makes a brief appearance in Chapter 7 as a non-playable character under the name "Monk", where he gives a sidequest.
Playable - Cindered Shadows Chapter 5
Enemy - Cindered Shadows Chapter 6
Enemy - Cindered Shadows Chapter 7
Personality and character
Aelfric presents a front of being a calm and forgiving benefactor to the denizens of Abyss. In reality, he is completely obsessed with reviving Sitri, and sees the Ashen Wolves as pawns to this end. Despite this, he is not entirely without virtue; he truly loved Sitri and was perfectly willing to step aside and allow her to be with Jeralt if it made her happy, and he founded the Ashen Wolves several years before he discovered Sitri's body, leading Yuri to speculate that his intentions for the Wolves were initially genuinely pure.
|“||Soon...soon, she will be brought back to me. Should anyone attempt to get between us, they will sorely regret it.||”|
— Aelfric as the boss of Cindered Shadows Chapter 6
|“||I have not wanted any harm to befall you, as you are her child. She'd have wanted you safe. But if you insist on getting in the way of this, I have no choice but to strike you down.||”|
— Aelfric fighting Byleth as the boss of Cindered Shadows Chapter 6
|“||Aelfric: In the end, like all birds of prey, you'll turn on your master as easily as you'd turn on your victims.
Yuri: Nothing and nobody can shackle me. A caged bird never sings.
— Aelfric fighting Yuri as the boss of Cindered Shadows Chapter 6
|“||Balthus: I owe you a lot but not my life. Not an even trade in my book.
Aelfric: I feel some remorse over what I will require of you. But take it, I must. I will not shrink away from what is necessary.
Balthus: That a fact? Then I guess a fight was inevitable.
Aelfric: Ever the brutish thug.
— Aelfric fighting Balthus as the boss of Cindered Shadows Chapter 6
|“||Constance: The bill has come due for your misdeeds, Aelfric.
Aelfric: It matters not. She is all that matters. She alone.
Constance: Ahaha! Then if words shall not sway you, let us proceed to actions!
— Aelfric fighting Constance as the boss of Cindered Shadows Chapter 6
|“||Aelfric: You're not as angry as I'd have expected, Hapi.
Hapi: I guess I'm used to betrayals by now. But that doesn't mean I'm going to sit on my hands and let you hurt me and my friends.
— Aelfric fighting Hapi as the boss of Cindered Shadows Chapter 6
|“||I have no choice!||”|
|“||I do as I must!||”|
|“||No turning back!||”|
|“||I didn't imagine it would end like this... I am so sorry...||”|
— Aelfric as a temporary playable character in Cindered Shadows Chapter 5
|“||Not yet... There's still time!||”|
— Aelfric as the boss of Cindered Shadows Chapter 6
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Aelfric Dahlman||From "Ælfric", an Anglo-Saxon given name meaning "elf ruler", which is cognate to modern English "Aubrey"; this character is possibly named specifically after Ælfric the Grammarian, who was one of the most prolific writers in Anglo-Saxon England. Dahlman is a surname of Swedish origin.|
|Japanese||アルファルド＝ダールマン||Alphard Dalman or Dahlman. From the star Alphard, the brightest star in the constellation Hydra, whose name comes from the Arabic "Alfard", meaning "the solitary one".|
|Spanish||Aelfric Dahlman||As above.|
|French||Aelfric Dahlman||As above.|
|German||Aelfric Dahlman||As above.|
|Italian||Aelfric Dahlman||As above.|
|Korean||알파드 달만||Alphard Dahlman|
|Simplified Chinese||阿尔法卢特·达尔曼||Alphard Dahlman|
|Traditional Chinese||阿爾法盧特‧達爾曼||Alphard Dahlman|
Artwork of Aelfric from Three Houses.
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|