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Harken

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Harken

FERK Harken.png
Artwork of Harken from The Blazing Blade

The sole survivor of the Knights of Pherae.

Gender

Male

Race

Human

Nationality

Pheraen

Starting class

Hero

Appearance(s)
I am Harken, a knight of Pherae. I am at your service.
— Harken to Vaida

Harken (Japanese: ハーケン Harken) is a playable hero in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. He is a knight of Pherae and the lover of Isadora.

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

Role


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Starting stats and growth rates

Normal/Eliwood Hard Hector Hard

Portrait harken fe07.png
Ma gba hero playable.gif Hero
Level 8
Affinity Is gba fireaffin.png
Recruitment: Chapter 25E/27H: speak to with Eliwood, Marcus, Lowen, Hector, Oswin, or Isadora
Kenneth's version: Defeat 1 or fewer of 3 specific advanced class enemies by turn 10.
Jerme's version: Open 3 or fewer doors by turn 10.

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory
Brave Sword
Weapon Levels
GBARankSword.gif B GBARankLance.gif -- Axe B GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif -- GBARankLight.gif -- GBARankDark.gif -- GBARankStaff.gif --

Analysis

This character analysis section may not be accurate to every player's experience.

Harken has good base stats that can even be useful as late as the final chapter regardless of the mode one is playing. He can immediately contribute at a very high level, and while his growths are not as high as comparable early-game units, they are more than acceptable. The hero class offers fantastic utility which warrants using him in almost any play-through. He is worth the effort for recruitment due to his 1-2 range and preferable stat-spread (his only significant deficit is speed, which is already sufficient to double most enemies) that gives him far greater utility for almost any playthrough. While not of great significance, his Fire Affinity can increase the offense of both himself any of his support partners greatly. Overall, Harken is a useful character and starts out very strong, and will stay strong throughout the rest of the game.

Comparison to Karel

While Harken's class may make comparisons to Raven inevitable, a more practical comparison takes place between Harken and Karel; as only one can be recruited, there exists a decision that the player must make. Both come at level 8, and both come with some of the rarest weapons in the game: Harken has the only obtainable Brave Sword and Karel has one of only two Wo Daos. Statwise, Karel has superior skill, speed, luck, and resistance, as well as superior growths in skill, speed, and luck, leading to an ease in critically hitting enemies, but potential difficulty in surviving attacks and dealing high raw damage. Karel's constitution of 9 is also lower than Harken's constitution of 11, leading to Karel potentially taking speed reductions with heavier swords. Karel's Swordmaster class comes with an extra 15% boost to critical hits, whereas Harken's Hero class allows him to wield both swords and axes, allowing him to potentially negate or take advantage of the weapon triangle. Also, Harken can wield Hand Axes for a 1-2 range option, while Karel can only use the Light Brand, which—as implied earlier—is very rare, expensive and weak, or the Runesword, which is even rarer than the Light Brand (it is only obtainable in a Gaiden chapter extremely late in the game) and cannot be used to inflict critical hits.

Complicating the comparison further, however, is that Karel has potential of being outclassed by characters that can be recruited earlier (Guy and Raven); in this regard, Harken is considered the superior unit, as he has a better chance of being equal to Raven, wheras Karel will have difficulty matching Guy. Adding further to the rift between the two is the Hector Hard Mode boost; Harken gains additions in many of his stats in Hector Hard Mode due to starting off as an enemy, whereas Karel receives no such benefit due to appearing as an NPC.

Another factor to consider is the requirements for their appearance: whether to kill enough enemies or open enough doors for Karel to appear, or to kill few enough enemies or open few enough doors for Harken to appear. Players who make a habit of finishing chapters as quickly as possible will find that it requires a good deal of restraint to keep two of the three promoted enemies alive in Kenneth's chapter for Harken rather than to kill them for Karel; but even players who make a habit of finishing chapters as quickly as possible will find some difficulty in unlocking enough buildings quickly enough to spawn Karel in Jerme's chapter. In short, although either Karel or Harken may appear in either Kenneth's or Jerme's chapter, Karel is easier to recruit in Kenneth's chapter and Harken in Jerme's.

Overall, Karel is worse than Harken stat-wise due to his lack of 1-2 range and that his offensive stats are not that great, mainly on Hard Mode, where Harken really has this lead against Karel.

Personality and character

Harken is a very troubled individual before joining the army, he already hides a seriously damaged self-esteem, and greatly fears that he'll be questioned or hated if it's known that he served a cruel lord, which also explains why he lost it so badly upon not being able to aid a master who treated him kindly without caring about his shady past. His suicidal tendencies are only matched by his self-worth troubles coming from his blurry background and his love for his fiancée, Isadora, who he promised to marry once the war was over and he returned.

Supports

Main article: Harken/Supports
Portrait harken fe07.png
Harken
Hero
Is gba fireaffin.png
Small portrait eliwood fe07.png
Eliwood
Lord Is gba animaaffin.png
Initial: 25
Per turn:+3
Small portrait lowen fe07.png
Lowen
Cavalier Is gba fireaffin.png
Initial: 15
Per turn:+3
Small portrait vaida fe07.png
Vaida
Wyvern Lord Is gba fireaffin.png
Initial: 0
Per turn:+1

[[{{{support7}}}]]
[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin7}}}affin.png|link={{{affin7}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints7}}}
Per turn:+

[[{{{support9}}}]]
[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin9}}}affin.png|link={{{affin9}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints9}}}
Per turn:+
Small portrait isadora fe07.png
Isadora
Paladin Is gba darkaffin.png
Initial: 40
Per turn:+4
Small portrait marcus fe07.png
Marcus
Paladin Is gba iceaffin.png
Initial: 20
Per turn:+2

[[{{{support6}}}]]
[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin6}}}affin.png|link={{{affin6}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints6}}}
Per turn:+

[[{{{support8}}}]]
[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin8}}}affin.png|link={{{affin8}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints8}}}
Per turn:+

[[{{{support10}}}]]
[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin10}}}affin.png|link={{{affin10}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints10}}}
Per turn:+
Click here for more details on supports.

Endings

Harken, Troubled Warrior
Harken worked closely with Marcus to rebuild the knights of Pherae. They are slowly rebuilding their strength and prestige.

Harken and Isadora
They were married shortly after returning to Pherae. Their love grew during their years of service, and now it blossomed with the blessings of Eliwood and Eleanora. Many envied their good fortune.

Harken and Vaida
Though both desired to be together, they could not bring themselves to end their service to their lords, and so they parted ways. That was the last time Harken ever heard Vaida’s voice.

Quotes

Death quote

I’m already dead... If I leave my body here, I do so without regret...
— Harken

Final Chapter: Light quote

Lord Elbert... I will protect your son.
— Harken

Battle History quotes

Excellent! Continue to serve Lord Eliwood well!
— Harken, with S or A rank
Eliwood was right to place his trust in you.
— Harken, with B or C rank
Make better use of me! You won’t regret it!
— Harken, with D or E rank

Tactician quotes

Are you our tactician, Mark? I am Harken. I beg your forbearance. Lord Eliwood has ordered me to follow your commands in combat. I care not where I meet death. Just guide me wisely.
— Harken in Chapter 26E/28H: Battle before Dawn

Other appearances

Trivia

  • Harken wields the only obtainable Brave Sword in the entire game.
  • Harken is actually the person in the village in Four-Fanged Offense who gives the Silence Staff. When you hack the ROM files for this sequence, the game loads Harken's portrait data; Harken is simply not shown on-screen.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Harken
Japanese ハーケン Harken
Spanish Harken
French Harken
German Harken
Italian Harken

Gallery

Small portrait harken fe07.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait harken fe07.png Hero
Bs fe07 harken hero sword.png
Sword
Bs fe07 harken hero axe.png
Axe

References


Project Characters.png This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Playable characters AthosBartreCanasDartDorcasEliwoodErkFarinaFioraFlorinaGeitzGuyHarkenHawkeyeHeathHectorIsadoraJaffarKarelKarlaKentLegaultLouiseLowenLuciusLynMarcusMatthewMerlinusNilsNinianNinoOswinPentPriscillaRathRavenRebeccaRenaultSainSerraVaidaWallaceWil
Non-playable characters AenirAeshaBramimondDesmondElbertEleanoraEphidelFaeFargusGuinivereHannahHassarHausenHelleneHelmanJahnJakeJanKishunaLeilaLilinaMadelynMurdockNatalieReissmannRoySophiaUtherZephiel
Bosses AionBattaBaukerBernardBeyardBoiesBoolBrendanBugCameronCarjigaDamianDarinDenningDragonEaglerErikEubansFargusGeorgGlassGroznyiHeintzJasmineJermeKaimKennethKishunaLimstellaLinusLloydLundgrenMaximeMigalNergalOlegPascalPaulPuzonSealenSoniaTeodorUhaiUrsulaVaidaWireYogiZaganZoldamZugu
Eight Legends AthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ArmadsAureolaBasilikosDurandalEreshkigalExcaliburForblazeGespenstLuceMani KattiRapierRegal BladeRex HastaRienflecheSol KattiWolf Beil
Chapters Lyn's Tale Prologue: A Girl from the Plains • 1: Footsteps of Fate • 2: Sword of Spirits • 3: Band of Mercenaries • 4: In Occupation's Shadow • 5: Beyond the Borders • 6: Blood of Pride • 7: Siblings Abroad • 7x: The Black Shadow • 8: Vortex of Strategy • 9: A Grim Reunion • 10: The Distant Plains
Eliwood's Tale 11: Taking Leave • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Noble Lady of Caelin • 16: Whereabouts Unknown • 16x: The Port of Badon • 17: Pirate Ship • 18: The Dread Isle • 18x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19: Dragon's Gate • 20: New Resolve • 21: Kinship's Bond • 22: Living Legend • 22x: Genesis • 23: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 24: Unfulfilled Heart • 25: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 26: Battle before Dawn • 26x: Night of Farewells • 27: Cog of Destiny • 28: Valorous Roland • 29: Sands of Time • 29x: Battle Preparations • 30: Victory or Death • Final: Light (part 1part 2)
Hector's Tale 11: Another Journey • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Talons Alight • 16: Noble Lady of Caelin • 17: Whereabouts Unknown • 17x: The Port of Badon • 18: Pirate Ship • 19: The Dread Isle • 19x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19x pt 2: A Glimpse in Time • 20: Dragon's Gate • 21: New Resolve • 22: Kinship's Bond • 23: Living Legend • 23x: Genesis • 24: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 25: Crazed Beast • 26: Unfulfilled Heart • 27: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 28: Battle before Dawn • 28x: Night of Farewells • 29: Cog of Destiny • 30: The Berserker • 31: Sands of Time • 31x: Battle Preparations • 32: Victory or Death • 32x: The Value of Life • Final: Light (part 1part 2)
Locations ElibeBern (Shrine of Seals) • EtruriaIliaLycia (AraphenCaelinCornwellKhatheletLausOstiaPherae) • Nabata Desert (Arcadia) • Sacae (Bulgar) • Valor (Dragon's Gate) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Black Fang (Four Fangs) • Fire EmblemGenerals of EtruriaMorphsQuintessenceThe Scouring
Related topics List of version differencesName chart • Other games (The Binding Blade) • Pre-release information (Pre-release build 0206Pre-release build 0219Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline