|“||...Blood that has been spilled once will never return. What is important is that we do not put that blood to waste.||”|
(Japanese: アウグスト August) is a former priest of the Church of Edda and a tactician. Formerly employed by the pirates led by Lifis along Thracia's coast, he entered the service of Prince Leif of Leonster and acted as his tactician throughout his campaign to liberate the Manster District from Grannvale control.
At some point prior to Leif's expedition, August entered the employ of Lewyn, the errant king of Silesse, working to orchestrate the liberation of Jugdral; it was under Lewyn's orders that he sought to act as an advisor to Leif. He joined up with Lifis's pirates as part of his attempts to search for Leif, intending to abandon them once he had found him. He achieved his task during a raid on Iss led by Bucks, which Leif and the Fiana Freeblades repelled; once the pirates were defeated, August approached Leif and volunteered to lead him to Lifis's hideout, then travelled with him to Manster. He parted ways with Leif and the Freeblades at Fort Kelbeth, intending to make his own way to Manster from there, but not before revealing his knowledge of Leif's true identity as Leonster's prince.
Upon learning of Leif's capture by Raydrik, August started working on a plan to rescue him, which proved to be unnecessary as Leif escaped himself with the assistance of the Magi. August rejoined Leif's group and helped direct his escape from Manster, recommending that Leif seek refuge from the Manster pursuit with Thracia's General Hannibal. Upon the formation of Leif's army, comprised of Leonster army refugees, the Magi and the Fiana Freeblades, August continued to serve as Leif's two tacticians alongside Dorias in their journey to reach Tahra and their subsequent defense of the city from the Friege army.
Following the fall of Tahra and Leif's escape with Linoan, the army's next destination was Leonster itself, held by Friege. August's recommendation was to travel through the Melfiye forest to get there, citing it as a safer route owing to the lax security its reputation as a dark forest ensures. Under Dorias and August's direction, Leif's army successfully traveled to Leonster and liberated it. In the aftermath of Leonster's liberation, news reached them of the plight of Alster; both August and Dorias opposed Leif's demands to go to its aid immediately owing to their army's fatigue from the preceding battle, instead proposing to lead a smaller army first with Leif following with the rest of the army the next day. August initially volunteered to lead the first wave, but Dorias requested to do so instead on the grounds of Leif's need for August's support.
Dorias's unit was overwhelmed and slaughtered by the Friege army, and August and Leif were forced to defend Leonster against a Friege onslaught, barely succeeding for six months until Seliph's liberation army arrived from Isaach and launched an assault on Alster, forcing the Friege army to retreat from Leonster. The Friege army was defeated at Alster by Seliph before Leif could get there, forcing King Bloom to retreat to Conote, and at Alster Leif's next plan of action was determined to be the capture of Manster itself, while Seliph assaulted Conote. August directed Leif's march on Manster, the crossing of the Great River of Thracia, and the invasion of the Loptyrian temple to defeat Veld. Following Veld's defeat, at Leif's request August remained in Leif's employ as a tactician and advisor.
August is a non-playable character, appearing only in cutscenes, but he does have one effect on gameplay. In all chapters in which August is with Leif's party (2x, then the rest of the game from 6 onward), Leif gains an authority star. Leif gains an additional star for when Dorias is also present.
Personality and character
August is a realist and pragmatist in his approach to tactics and plans. He has no interest in honor or glory, seeks to preserve the lives of Leif's army without wasting lives on frivolous public displays, and is willing to take chances on unconventional or dangerous routes if their risks mean they are less likely to be defended; his approach led him to conflict with Dorias, as his belief that the ideal route to Leonster was through the less defended Melfiye forests contrasted with Dorias's insistence on putting on a show of a march to Leonster by taking the heavily-guarded high road. To this end, he is similarly blunt and tactless in his delivery of plans, cutting straight to the point without dressing it up and harshly responding to interfering possibilities, including the emotions of others. Initially, August was skeptical of Leif's chances at liberating the Manster District, remaining as his advisor solely out of Lewyn's orders; however, in time he came to be inspired by Leif's determination and hope and the subsequent victories, becoming a confident believer in Leif is a leader.
August has an extensive knowledge of torture methods which he taught to Lifis, according to Bucks, who further theorises this to be the reason he was excommunicated from the Church of Bragi. He was nonetheless disgusted by the brutality of Lifis's pirates and worked to restrain their murderous actions as much as possible, mostly unsuccessfully.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|August||Used in the Thracia 776 fan translation.|
|Japanese||アウグスト||Officially romanized as August.|
- "Lewyn: Wait, August.
August: Lord Lewyn!? What are you doing here?
Lewyn: I heard about the fall of Tahra, so I thought you would be here. You seem to be having a hard time.
August: It is my lack of power... Forgive me.
Lewyn: No, you have been doing well. We were expecting Tahra to fall. Don't worry about it.
Lewyn: I will check on Orgahil, and then return to Isaach. We should be able meet again in a year or so. Good luck, August...
August: One more year... My role is not over yet..." — Lewyn and August, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "I offered to become your advisor because I was ordered to do so by...one of my superiors." — August, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Leif: August... Your words indeed came down heavily on me, but more important to me were the lessons that were in them. You taught me to truly understand the suffering and sorrow of the people. August, I want to ask you to stay by my side. I need you, August...
August:Yes... As you wish, Lord Leif..." — Leif and August, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Dorias: Lord Leif, we must head west on this mountain path to exit onto the northern highroad."
August: Count Dorias, are you sure we want to take the coastline? I believe we should head east down the mountain and attack Leonster from the south.
Dorias: The thick forests of Melfiye lie to the south of Leonster. Those forests are well-known for people losing their way in them.
August: I'm aware of that. But that also means that the Empire's defenses would be lax. With our small numbers, we must take full advantage of the terrain.
Dorias: I disagree. Thracia... No, this entire continent is watching over our fight. We must not only win, our victory must be one that gives courage to the people suffering from Imperial oppression. We should march in proudly from the front, flying the flag of Leonster.
August: The northern highroad is practically Leonster's front door. Legions of enemy soldiers will be defending it. We will lose many of our troops.
Dorias: I understand. But their deaths will be in glory and honor.
August: Glory? ...Count Dorias, you knights are not the only ones fighting this battle. Some of us don't appreciate having your values one-sidedly forced upon us." — Dorias and August, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Prince! Get a hold of yourself! If we let our troops die out, Count Dorias' death will be for nothing" — August, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Frankly, at first I didn't think we would be able to liberate Northern Thracia. However, after seeing you keep trying and never giving up...I began to feel hope, and I found myself believing in you." — August, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Our boss said you're the one who taught him how to torture people. No wonder you were cast out of the order." — Bucks, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "August: Bucks, watch your killing. I know you have to plunder the villages, but don't kill more than necessary.
Bucks: Ah, shut up. I don't know if you're some big-shot tactician or what, but I'm in charge here." — August and Bucks, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|