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|“||Fine. I may be young, but I'm every bit a Knight of Renais. I'll fight to the end to protect the princess, just like you, sir!||”|
— Franz talking to Seth
Franz (フランツ, Furantsu) is a young knight of Renais who appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is in loyal service to Eirika and Ephraim and first appears in the prologue, though he is not playable until Chapter 1. He is generally quite respectful and modest, and he is the younger brother of Forde, another cavalier.
- 1 Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- 2 Personality and character
- 3 Supports
- 4 Endings
- 5 Death quote
- 6 Battle quotes
- 7 Other appearances
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Etymology and other languages
- 10 Gallery
- 11 References
Franz appears first in the prologue, where Seth orders him to travel ahead and search for help. He then reappears in Chapter 1 as Eirika and Seth flee to Border Mulan. Soon after they arrive, he and Gilliam, a knight from Frelia, arrive to help them. Afterwards, they both join the army. Franz remains with the group throughout the story.
Starting stats and growth rates
Promotion stat gains
Franz is a cavalier that joins in chapter 1 of The Sacred Stones where he will contribute greatly thanks to his class giving him access to 7 move and 2 weapon types letting him avoid a weapon triangle disadvantage. He comes with fairly high bases for his early joint time, along with high growths in every area besides defense and resistance. Due to the low quality of enemies in the The Sacred Stones Franz won't have trouble reaching level 10 by the time the player get the first Knight Crest and being able to promote early. He is by far the best user of the first Knight Crest as Gilliam, Kyle and Forde will have trouble reaching level 10 as soon as Franz. Franz's best promotion is without a doubt paladin, as it gives him 8 move and since Great Knights additional speed and strength don't make up for having only 6 movement in said class. He will likely be your strongest paladin throughout the game, besides Seth, unless other ones are trained up in the Tower of Valni. Because of his decent bases and growths, along with his great class, access to canto and high movement Franz is easily one of the best units in the game, with his only real flaw being that he is unavailable for 2 chapters.
Personality and character
Franz is a quite modest knight, and is very respectful to others. Most of the time, he is polite and often willing to give advice. He gives Gilliam advice in muscle relaxation and Natasha information about his satchel. This means he is very helpful to others. Also, he likes to fish instead of hunt. Sometimes he can also be slightly nervous to others. As a knight, he is very serious about fighting for Renais. Additionally, he can be quite perceptive; for example, he is able to realize that Forde is only laid back to cheer up the other soldiers and paints to better understand landscapes for battle purposes.
Franz is a knight of Renais like his older brother Forde and others. The two grew up through most of their lives without parents. In Franz's A support conversation with Seth, it is revealed that the brothers' father was a legendary knight for the Renais soldiers. Even Seth admired him, but this knight was fatally wounded after hunting down an assassin ten years before the setting of the game. Franz does not remember much about his father besides crying about his absence and he and his brother vying for his attention. He remembers his father's scar on his shoulder quite clearly. His mother died before his father did, and Franz does not seem to remember anything about her. Still, he keeps her comb with him as a protective charm.
- Main article: Franz/Supports
Franz the Faithful
He continued to serve Renais with the same devotion that he had during the War of the Stones. His generous nature and easy smile made him a favorite among the people.
Franz and Amelia
Franz brought Amelia home with him to Renais. Amelia spent a short time in Renais's army, but once she and Franz were married, she retired her commission. The two had a daughter who grew to be a great knight herself.
|“||I'm sorry, General Seth...||”|
— Death quote
Fire Emblem Cipher
Franz is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
- Both of the below cards' epithets are still in raw, untranslated Japanese; these need translation.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Franz|
|"Someday, I will become a knight even greater than my brother or my father!"|
|Attack: 60||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Paladin||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|"I'll fight to the end to protect you!": [Always] If this unit is in the same area as your Main Character, this unit gains +10 attack.|
A Lesson From the Silver Knight: [Activate] [Once per turn] Choose 1 ally, and move them. This skill is only usable if you have 1 or more other allies.
|Card #B18-078HN • Artist: Niko Komori|
|"We must retake the castle. Then, we ride forth to Princess Eirika's aid."|
|Attack: 40||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Cavalier||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Lone Cavalier's Call for Help: [Activate] [Once per turn]  Choose 1 ally from the Back Line, and move them.|
Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
|Card #B18-079N • Artist: Niko Komori|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Franz .
- Franz has a unique opportunity as the only non-Lord character who can recruit Amelia.
- The support conversation viewer in The Sacred Stones prototype suggests that Franz at one point may have been planned to have support conversations with Eirika.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Franz||German form of Franciscus. Also a variant of the names "Francis" or "Frank". These names mean "Frenchman" or "free man"; this does not appear to have any significance in-universe.|
|Japanese||フランツ||Officially romanized as Franz.|
Artwork of Franz from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Franz, www.behindthename.com, Retrieved: 8 September 2018
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|