|“||The Kingdom of Thracia was founded by a Dragon Knight named Dain. He took the Divine Gungnir in hand and took on the devil himself.||”|
— A North Thracian villager
(Japanese: ダイン Dain), dubbed the "Dragon Knight" (Japanese: 竜騎士 Dragon Knight), was a member of the Twelve Crusaders, the original wielder of the Heaven Lance Gungnir, and the co-founder of the Kingdom of Thracia alongside his younger sister and and fellow Crusader Njörun.
As with the other Crusaders, Dain was a warrior fighting in a revolution against the tyranny of the Lopt Empire, and was one of the survivors barricaded in Darna Fortress when the tide turned against their movement. It was at this fortress that the Miracle of Darna occurred, changing the tide of the war: Dain was chosen by an unidentified member of the twelve dragon "gods" who descended upon the fortress, to undergo a blood-bond with said dragon, transforming him into one of the Crusaders. He was granted Gungnir, sealed to his new holy lineage, by this dragon.
With the other Crusaders, Dain fought in the rest of the Holy War and contributed to the downfall of the Lopt Empire. At the war's conclusion, Dain and Njörun settled in the Thracian Peninsula and founded the Kingdom of Thracia, then encompassing the entire peninsula. Ten years after Thracia's foundation, an event known in Leonster mythology as the "Tragedy of the Gáe Bolg" occurred: Dain entered a dispute with his best friend, Njörun's husband, over an unknown subject, and the two resorted to combat in a bid to settle the matter. Njörun attempted to break them up, but instead she inadvertently killed her husband with the Gáe Bolg, committing suicide as a result. Shortly afterward, Dain himself died under mysterious circumstances, and the Thracian throne was succeeded by his son, who proved to be a tyrannical rule whose reign led to Njörun's son leading the Manster District in secession from Thracia.
- No playable character possesses Dain Holy Blood in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. Dain is the only holy lineage to hold this distinction, even including Loptous.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|• Used in the Genealogy of the Holy War fan translation.|
• Used in the Thracia 776 fan translation.
|• Officially romanized as Dain, though the katakana more closely reads as "Deen" or "Dean" (and it is the same as those characters). This name is used in-game in Genealogy of the Holy War, but all subsequent material (including the Holy Blood chart poster shipped with the game) uses ダイン.|
• Officially romanized as Dain. Possibly from Dáinn, a dwarf in Norse mythology.
Artwork of Dain from Treasure.
- "A: Njörun married a knight who was friends with her brother Dain and lived a happy life with him. One day, her husband and King Dain fought each other over some dispute. Njörun tried to stop the two fighting, but accidentally killed her beloved husband (the weapon that took his life was her lance). That was the beginning of events, Later, Njörun committed suicide and King Dain died a mysterious death." - Designers' notes from a Genealogy of the Holy War playing guide, as translated by Serenes Forest
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|