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- For the Altean paladin known as "Alan" in fan translations, see Arran.
|“||If you're staying, then so will I. I won't allow you to run headfirst into certain death alone.||”|
— Alen to Lance in a support conversation.
Alen (Japanese: アレン Alen) is a cavalier in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade who first appears in Chapter 1. He is a daring cavalier of Pherae, who fights with Roy throughout the whole game, and a friend of the cavalier Lance, a much calmer knight.
Alen first appears in Chapter 1, when he is escorting Roy back to Pherae from Ostia. Unexpectedly, the castle of Pherae is being attacked by bandits. Along with Lance, Marcus, Bors, and Wolt, he helps Roy to defeat the bandits and save those trapped in the castle: Lilina, Eliwood, Roy's ill father, and Merlinus. He continues to loyally fight for Roy throughout the rest of the game.
Starting stats and growth rates
Promotion stat gains
|Paladin||+3||+2||+2||+2||+0||+2||+3||+2||+1|| +1, +1,|
Alen is The Binding Blade's Cain archetype, and joins alongside his partner Lance at the beginning of the game. The decision of whether to use Alen or Lance comes down to personal preference and the whims of the RNG. A solid strategy is to use both at the beginning and keep the one that is growing better when you get better characters and can't deploy both anymore.
The Cavalier class by itself makes both Alen and Lance good. It provides a high movement range of 7, two weapon types (swords and lances) for weapon triangle control and the ability to rescue units and then move in the same turn (allowing rescue drop strategies). Cavaliers also promote to Paladin, which gives them the ability to use axes (and thus perfect weapon triangle control), an additional point of movement and very good stat boosts all around.
Alen will likely edge out Lance due to having advantages in HP, Strength, and Defense, while maintaining just enough Speed to double who he needs to double. Of course, both are really good cavaliers with the best availability in the game. The first Knight Crest you acquire should go to either him or Lance, as they are the best candidates for it. As long as they stay relatively close to their average stats, both Christmas cavaliers will be solid units in your roster throughout the whole game.
Personality and character
Alen is a reckless knight with a fiery personality. His fighting style is often to charge into the enemy with brute force. To Thea, he explains that it is because as a cavalier of the army, he must show his strength to the enemy. However, Marcus advises him not to be so rash when fighting. Although he is daring, he takes his job as a knight very seriously. He is very devoted to protecting the other soldiers, especially Roy. He trains very hard to get stronger, even on the battlefield, in order to help Roy.
Alen says little about his past in his support conversations. He is a very good friend of Lance and as a Pheraean knight, his job is to protect Roy.
- Main article: Alen/Supports
Alen, Fiery Knight
Short: Helped rebuild Pherae.
Long: Upon returning to Pherae with Roy, Alen assisted his lord in rebuilding the trampled land. His fiery passion and powerful will were inspiring to many.
|“||I will protect Lord Roy with my life!||”|
— In the final chapter.
|“||N...no... Why...here? Lord Roy...||”|
Fire Emblem Cipher
Alen is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Alen|
|Loyal Knight of Flames, Alen|
|"As a vassal, I will support you with everything"|
|Attack: 60||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Paladin||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Fierce Flame Twin Strike: [Trigger] When this unit is supported by “Lance”, until the end of this turn, this unit gains +20 attack and the number of orbs this unit’s attacks would destroy becomes 2.|
Loyal Knight Ties: [Always] If you have an ally “Lance”, this unit gains +10 attack.
|Card #B05-007R, B05-007ST • Artist: Yoko Maturica|
|Fierce Knight, Alen|
|"I will preserve myself well for my first fight!"|
|Attack: 40||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Cavalier||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Pherae's Red & Green: [Always] While this unit is being supported by “Lance”, this unit gains +30 attack.|
Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
|Card #B05-008N, B05-008ST • Artist: Yoko Maturica|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Alen .
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Used in the Choose Your Legends polls for Fire Emblem Heroes; has yet to be corroborated by other sources.
• Used in the DTN fan translation patch.
Artwork of Alen from The Binding Blade.
Alen in an artwork of Roy and Al from Fire Emblem Cipher.
- Fire Emblem 6: Alan Artbook Translation | kantopia, www.kantopia.wordpress.com, Retrieved: 16 July 2018
- "Thea: Anyway, the point is, you should fight more cautiously.
Alen: I understand your concern. But I can't hold back.
Thea: But if you keep fighting like that, you'll--
Alen: In battle, the first to match blades with the enemy are us. The knights. The enemy will judge the entire army by looking at how we fight. That's why I have to show them my full power." — Alen and Thea's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Marcus: Your courage is not a bad trait. Indeed, it is praiseworthy. I'm simply concerned you may leave Lord Roy to fend for himself.
Alen: You're right...
Marcus: A knight must consider each situation and adapt accordingly. Charging ahead is not always the correct way." — Marcus and Alen's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- Alen - Name Meaning, What does Alen mean?, www.thinkbabynames.com, Retrieved: 16 July 2018
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|