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Fernand

FESoV Fernand.png
Artwork of Fernand from Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Gender

Male

Race

Human

Family
  • Unnamed parents (deceased)
  • Unnamed stepmother (deceased)
  • Unnamed older sister (deceased)
  • Unnamed younger half-brother (deceased)
  • Unnamed younger half-sister (deceased)
Nationality

Zofian

Starting class

Cavalier

Voiced by

Kenji Nojima
(Japanese, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia)
Ray Chase
(English, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia)

Appearance(s)

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

I would rather die than kneel to some whelp who was birthed in the hay.
— Fernand

Fernand (Japanese: フェルナン Fernand) is a noble and former knight of Zofia. Following Desaix's coup of Zofia, he joined the Deliverance, a group of freedom fighters formed by his friend and fellow nobleman Clive, but following Clive's ceding of the Deliverance's leadership to Alm, a youth of no noble blood, Fernand abandoned the Deliverance and instead defected to Rigel, becoming a subordinate of the imperial prince, Berkut.

Fernand is a new character introduced in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, and did not appear in the original, Fire Emblem Gaiden.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Role

Prior to the game's events, Fernand's family were killed by the commoners living on their lands, who blamed Fernand's family for failing to provide for them during the drought that had engulfed Zofia following the disappearance of the Earth Mother, Mila. Due to this tragedy, Fernand's trust in the common people was shattered, and he was never the same man again.[1]

Fernand first appears following the first battle of Southern Zofia, where, upon learning of the fall of the Southern Outpost, he rode out in order to aid Clive's sister, Clair, who had been taken captive at the outpost. However, a group of villagers from Ram led by Alm and Lukas had liberated the Southern Outpost and freed Clair before Fernand could arrive. Fernand is frustrated that Lukas would have allowed common villagers to join the Deliverance, but is convinced to accept them by Clair, who reminds him of Clive's belief that a soldier's worth should not determined by their birth. He eventually returns to the Deliverance Hideout in disgust, after Clair chooses to remain with Alm's group instead of returning with him.

Shortly after this, Alm and his group arrive at the Deliverance Hideout, and are greeted heartily by Clive, who is grateful to them for rescuing his sister. Clive decides that, with the increasing number of commoners joining the Deliverance, he should cede the Deliverance's leadership to Alm, the grandson of the legendary knight Mycen, as he believes that Mycen's story of rising above his common birth to become a knight and count of Zofia resonates with the commoners, and Mycen's grandson would be better suited to lead them.[2] Fernand is outraged by this, and abandons the Deliverance on the spot, rather than allow himself to be led by a common villager such as Alm. He leaves the Deliverance Hideout, and is arrested by Desaix's soldiers shortly after.

Following his arrest, Fernand is brought before Desaix at Zofia Castle. Fernand tells Desaix of his decision to quit the Deliverance, and of its new leader. Desaix mulls over this new information, before determining that, rather than killing Fernand, he should instead serve under Berkut, the imperial prince of Rigel, who Desaix claims better befits Fernand's ideals. Fernand tells Berkut of Alm, the commoner now leading the Deliverance, to which Berkut responds that a commoner cannot hope to successfully lead an army of knights. Fernand is immediately enraptured by Berkut's words.[3] The two observe the battle between the Deliverance and Desaix's forces, but the Deliverance proves victorious, forcing Berkut to retreat, with Fernand following him.

Fernand next appears in Alm's portion of Act 3, as part of a battalion led by Zakson of the Rigelian army in northern Zofia. The members of the Deliverance are shocked to see Fernand as part of the Rigelian army, but Fernand explains that he believes Rigel's morals and standards to be worth fighting for, and that he would rather see Berkut unite Valentia under Rigel's rule, than fight for Zofia alongside a group of commoners.[4] Fernand claims that Clive was wrong in making Alm leader of the Deliverance, as his main reasoning, that Alm was Mycen's grandson, was a lie. This, together with a similar claim made by a man at Zofia Castle, plants doubts in Clive's mind. Battle ensues, and the Deliverance once again are successful, forcing Fernand to retreat. He rejoins Berkut's group at the Forest Crossroads, where Berkut decides to challenge the Deliverance himself for "sport", with a small group consisting of himself, Fernand, and a single Paladin. This proves to be a misjudgment on Berkut's part, and he is defeated and forced to withdraw.

Before departing for Rigel, Fernand visits Desaix's Fortress, where Clive's lover Mathilda is being held prisoner. Fernand informs Mathilda of his decision to leave the Deliverance. He states that he has no desire to fight for Zofia again, despite Mathilda's attempts to convince him to reconsider; however, he does muse that, with Mathilda by his side, he might have remained with the Deliverance.[5] Fernand departs, saying what he expects to be his final farewell to Mathilda, as she is due to be put to death by Desaix. Following Desaix's defeat, Clive voices his fears that he may have erred, presumably in reference to his decision to make Alm leader of the Deliverance, but Alm states that he simply wishes to repay the trust Clive placed in him, and that despite Fernand's treatment of him, he would not hesitate to welcome Fernand back to the Deliverance if he would choose to return.

Fernand next encounters the Deliverance on the border between Zofia and Rigel, where Berkut intends to defend Rigel to atone for his failure in the Forest Crossroads. Despite their best efforts, Alm once again prevails against Berkut, who withdraws at Fernand's request. As Fernand withdraws himself, he silently questions the motives of the Duma Faithful.[6] Fernand is not seen again until after the end of the war and the death of Emperor Rudolf. Upon learning that Alm is Rudolf's son and the rightful heir to the Rigelian throne, Fernand searches for Berkut to comfort him. He discovers him deep in the Duma Tower, where Berkut, consumed by his lust for revenge, sells his fiance Rinea's soul to Duma to obtain the power he needs to defeat Alm. The unhinged Berkut sics Rinea, turned into a Witch, on Fernand, and he is mortally wounded. Fernand makes his way back to the entrance of the temple, where he encounters Alm one last time. Fernand reconciles with Clive, warns Alm about Berkut, begs him to stop Jedah and Duma, and dies in Clive's arms.

Stats

Enemy - Act 3 (Northern Zofia)

Enemy, Act 3 (Northern Zofia, Normal) Enemy, Act 3 (Northern Zofia, Hard)

Enemy - Act 3 (Forest Crossroads)

Enemy, Act 3 (Forest Crossroads, Normal) Enemy, Act 3 (Forest Crossroads, Hard)

Enemy - Act 4

Enemy, Act 4 (Normal) Enemy, Act 4 (Hard)

Playable - DLC

Playable, Battle of Zofia Harbor DLC Playable, Siege of Zofia Castle DLC

Personality and character

Because his family was killed by rebelling villagers, Fernand is very hostile towards commoners, especially towards Alm when Clive asked him to be the Deliverance's commander, simply because he was of common birth. This hatred is what caused Fernand to leave the Deliverance and ally himself with Desaix. He is also quite judgmental, as shown when he berated Lukas for allowing Alm and his friends to join the Deliverance and refusing to listen to Lukas' explanation.[7]

Quotes

Battle quotes

Come at me. Surely you detestable vermin don't think you can stand against a true nobleman?
— Fernand, during the Battle of Northern Zofia.
I needn't test you as Lord Berkut does. I already know how pathetic you are!
— Fernand, during the battle at the Forest Crossroads.
Your existence is a black mark on the honor of Zofia. It ends today!
— Fernand, during the Border Battle.

Critical quotes

Foolish rabble...
— Fernand, as a boss and unused ally
Get out of my sight!
— Fernand, as a boss and unused ally
You had your chance!
— Fernand, as a boss and unused ally
You need a lesson.
— Fernand, as a boss and unused ally
This fight is mine!
— Fernand, as a DLC ally
Submit!
— Fernand, as a DLC ally
Are you finished?
— Fernand, as a DLC ally
Just try to keep up!
— Fernand, as a DLC ally

Defeat quotes

Nnngh... I have...no choice... I must fall back...and rejoin Lord Berkut in the main force...
— Fernand, during the Battle of Northern Zofia.
Careless... But next time will be different.
— Fernand, during the battle at the Forest Crossroads.
Gyaugh! How...how can I lose to such rabble...?
— Fernand, during the Border Battle.

DLC ally quotes

Who among you will face me?
— Fernand being selected with high health
I am not one to toy with.
— Fernand upon dodging an enemy
How could you lay hands on me?
— Fernand upon dodging an enemy
Now that was enjoyable.
— Fernand upon defeating an enemy

Other appearances

Trivia

  • Despite being a major named antagonist, Fernand is never actually designated as a boss of any map he appears on; in his first appearance, he serves under Zakson, while in his latter two appearances, he is led by Berkut.
  • Although Fernand is not playable in the main game, being playable only in two DLC maps, he has full voice lines as a playable unit, suggesting that he was meant to be playable at one point.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Fernand French form of "Ferdinand", a Germanic name derived from the elements *fardiz (journey) and *nanþijaną (to dare).
Japanese フェルナン Romanized in the internal game files as Fernand.
Spanish Fernand As above.
French Fernand As above.
German Fernand As above.
Italian Fernand As above.
Dutch Fernand As above.

Gallery

References

  1. "Fernand's hatred for commoners is understandable. The peasants living on his lands were starving 'cause of the drought. They blamed Fernand for not providing for them and stormed his manor. His family died during the attack. ...Truly, a terrible thing." — Allied Mercenary, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  2. "It’s true the Deliverance began as a group of like-minded Zofian knights, but it's grown into an army where most of our volunteers are of common birth. We share a cause, but little else. I know not how to speak to their hearts. Sir Mycen began as a common soldier before rising to a knight and a count. His story resonates with these people. Do you not agree that his grandson is just the banner they would rally to?" — Clive, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  3. "Berkut: Hmph. What nonsense. One is born either noble or common. This destiny cannot be changed. Has a sheep any hope of leading wolves? No!
    Fernand: *gasp* Yes! Yes, exactly! Truer words were never spoken, Lord Berkut!
    " — Berkut and Fernand, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  4. "Does that really surprise you, Clive? You and the Deliverance took all I believed in and trod it into the mire. In Rigel, they still have ideals worth upholding. [...] My king is dead. My country fallen. But I’ll not hand this land over to you. Now, it is the Rigelian Empire’s turn. Lord Berkut shall lead us and unite Valentia under one noble order!" — Fernand, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  5. "Fernand: Zofia? You mean the proud kingdom whose riches fell to wild and ignorant savages? Zofia is dead to me. I have buried her and will not look back.
    Mathilda: How can you say such a thing, Fernand? You and Clive were like brothers. It’s not too late to fix this. Return to the Deliverance! I know Clive would welcome you back with open arms.
    Fernand: ...With you by my side, I might have chosen differently.
    " — Fernand and Mathilda, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  6. "Did that power truly come from Duma? There is no pride in resorting to such unholy means. What is it the Empire—no, the Duma Faithful—are trying to accomplish?" — Fernand, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  7. "Fernand: Is this some manner of folly to you, Lukas? Am I to be amused? Such baseborn curs cannot possibly aid our cause. The Deliverance has no place for brats with pitchforks.
    Lukas: Fernand, you must listen to reason. These “curs” you so easily disparage fought valiantly for us. In fact, without Alm, we might not have retaken the Southern Outpost. I can vouch for their strength.
    Fernand: Hah! As if the word of a backwater noble carries weight with me. Your entire house should be kissing the Knights of Zofia’s feet!
    " — Fernand and Lukas, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Playable characters Alm's
Party
AlmClairCliveDeltheaFayeForsythGrayKliffLukasLuthierMathildaMycenPythonSilqueTatianaTobinZeke
Celica's
Party
AtlasBoeyCatriaCelicaConradDeenEstFayeGennyJesseKamuiKliffLeonMaeNomahPallaSaberSonyaValbar
DLC EmmaRandalShadeYuzu
Non-playable characters ForneusHalcyonIrmaLipricaMassenaMilaLima IV
Bosses ArgentumAurumBarthBerkutBlakeBrigand BossCerberusThe CreationDeenDeltheaDesaixDolthDumaFernandGarthGarciaGazelleGharnGriethHadesHestiaJamilJarth*JedahJeromeLawsonMagnusMarlaMikhailMuellerNaberiusNuibabaRineaRudolfSlaydeSonyaTatarrahWolffXaizorZaksonZeke
Regalia and personal weapons Beloved ZofiaFalchionGradivusMercuriusParthiaRoyal Sword
Acts P: Alm and Celica • 1: Zofia's Call • 2: The Pilgrimage • 3: War of Deliverance • 4: Land of Sorrow • 5: Together to the EndAct 6
Locations ValentiaDuma's OrdealsMila's OrdealsRigel (Fear Mountain ShrineSecret ShrineLost TreescapeDuma TowerDuma Temple) • Zofia (Deliverance HideoutDragon ShrineNovisRamSylvan ShrineTemple of MilaSeabound ShrineThieves' Shrine) • ArchaneaThabes
Groups, objects and concepts Death MasksBook of Valentian RevelationsDeliveranceMila's TurnwheelTerrors
Related topics Ancient LettersName chartDownloadable content • Other games (GaidenShadow Dragon and the Blade of LightAwakening) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • SidequestsSound TestTimelineWorld map