|“||Hmph, finally I've gotten that annoying little wench taken care of. Now, if she is executed for revolt, then that Reinhardt will lose his position as well. I can't wait to see his face... Hahaha...||”|
Kempf (Japanese: ケンプフ Kempf) is a boss and antagonist appearing in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. He has a burning hatred and jealousy for Reinhardt and, by extension, his sister Olwen. He is a noble of Friege and serves the Grannvale empire in combat and by assisting with the child hunts.
Kempf is first mentioned in Chapter 10; he is discussed by Largo and Olwen as a petty commander who sends people he doesn't like, like Olwen, on menial tasks, like making daily reports on a remote fortress unlikely to be attacked.
During Chapter 11 after the fortress in Noel Canyon ended up being attacked Kempf pays it no mind; he uses the excuse that Olwen did not gather enough data on the attackers to warrant risking the possibility that it is a trap. He also tells Olwen that general Largo, the man defending the fortress, is disposable due to his old age.
Olwen is upset at Kempf's dismissal of Largo, but Kempf cuts her off, threatening her with charges of insubordination. Regardless the altercation escalates after Kempf insults Olwen and tells her that all she can do is "go crying to big brother Reinhardt". Olwen does not directly retaliate until Kempf insults Reinhardt directly, to which Olwen draws her weapon. Kempf is not particularly intimidated and has his nearby guards imprison her in the dungeons for attacking a superior. Fred, a knight seen accompanying Olwen often, confronts Kempf for instigating the fight and Kempf laughs it off and orders him to head the defense force, telling him if he fights to the death Olwen may yet live.
Upon spotting the Leonster army arriving to assault the Dandrum Fortress, he orders the plan "Portcullis" to be executed, in which the enemy is trapped in a corridor while arrows from ballistae hail down on them. When Leonster's forces eventually break through the choke point Kempf flees immediately after being attacked.
Kempf is seen retreating in Chapter 11x to report the fall of Dandrum fortress. He orders Oltoph, one of his subordinates working in the prison under the fortress, to stay behind and fight to the death to buy him more time to retreat. Kempf specifically orders the tactic "Murder Hollace", which involves trapping two people in a room together to fight to the death. Additionally, Kempf orders that the prisoners present be executed, citing that they would be a nuisance if they were to escape.
Later, having rejoined with Friege's army at Fort Nohrden, during Chapter 16A Kempf prepares to defend the fortress against Leonster's forces. Shortly before the battle he is chastised by Nikalaf for his cowardice, and is ordered to guard the bridge leading to the fortress and to not leave the cover of their ballistae until reinforcements from Alster arrive. He disobeys these orders since he wants the credit to go to himself and not Alster, and orders his troops to attack and leave no one alive. His disobedience earns him a defeat at the hands of Leif's forces.
Chapter 11 Chapter 16A
Personality and character
Kempf is petty and cowardly; he has no reservations of fleeing Dandrum Fortress when Leonster's forces break through. Kempf inherited his position in the Friege army; and is not a leader to be looked up to due to these qualities. Kempf also has little discipline and will ignore orders from his superiors if he thinks it will further his reputation.
Possibly due to becoming generals at roughly the same time and at the same age, Kempf considers Reinhardt something of a rival. Much to Kempf's anger, Reinhardt however does not see a rival relationship between them and appears to pay Kempf little to no mind. Kempf uses Olwen, Reinhardt's younger sister, as an outlet for his frustration with Reinhardt; he often sends her on daily missions to the nearby fortress in Noel Canyon, which apparently has seen little conflict before Leif attacked it. Either way, Kempf does not seek an honorable rivalry with Reinhardt and attempts underhanded tactics, like framing his sister Olwen for treason, to damage Reinhardt's reputation.
|“||Damn! Dandrum is invincible...!||”|
— Kempf's battle quote in Chapter 11
|“||Damn! Damn! If it weren't for you... If it only weren't for you...!||”|
— Kempf's battle quote in Chapter 16A
|“||Damn... This can't be... ...Retreat! I'll be back...!||”|
— Kempf's retreat quote in Chapter 11
|“||No...! How could I lose...to you... Gwaaah!||”|
— Kempf's death quote in Chapter 16
|“||I won't forget this! I'll be back!||”|
— Kempf, if captured and released in Chapter 16
- In the Shaya version of Thracia 776 fan translation, Kempf declares "In America!" upon the execution of Portcullis. This is likely a reference to episode 12 of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, in which the character Bandit Keith, who is known for his extreme American patriotism, says a similar line.
- Kempf obtained more votes in the 2017 running of Choose Your Legends than Reinhardt; he beat his rival by twenty votes.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|Kempuf||Used in some versions of the Thracia 776 fan translation.|
|Japanese||ケンプフ||Officially romanized as Kempf. Variant of the German surname Kämpf, which means "struggle".|
Official artwork of Kempf from Thracia 776.
Official artwork of Kempf from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.
- "Largo: Ah, Lady Olwen. Are you on surveillance again today? It must be hard coming all the way up to a dull place like this every day.
Fred: They are General Kempf's orders. He only gives such commands to Lady Olwen... He must have some kind of grudge." — Largo (Thracia 776) and Fred, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Olwen: I'm telling you, the fort at Noel Canyon was attacked! General Largo is in danger! He needs reinforcements. Please, General Kempf! Send out our army to his aid!
Kempf: You say the fort was attacked, but who exactly are the invaders? What was your mission, Olwen? Surveillance, wasn't it? You fail to even identify the enemy, and then you come running back demanding for reinforcements? I think not.
Olwen: We were caught off-guard, so we need more men! I decided to come back and report first...
Kempf: But what if this enemy that you speak of is merely a trap to lure us away from our post? Our 12 Legions are what make Dandrum the impregnable fortress that it is. There is no way I will send out troops without even knowing who the enemy is.
Olwen: But...what about General Largo! He is out there fighting as we speak...!
Kempf: An aged general or two is no big loss to our army. He would have died some time soon anyway. Now I dont have to worry about it." — Olwen and Kempf, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "What's this? Are you talking back to me? Surely you know what happens to those who disobey their commanders. And yet you choose to go against me? Hm?" — Kempf to Olwen, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Didn't you hear? I said, I suppose all you can do is go crying to big brother Reinhardt." — Kempf, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Kempuf: Don't worry, he'll take good care of you. Why, that man's greatest skill is seducing the ladies. Hahaha!
Olwen: Are you insulting my brother?! You...!
Kempuf: Drawing your sword, are you? What are you going to do, kill me? Stupid bitch. Guards! Throw General Olwen into the dungeon. Her charges are disobedience and turning her blade to her superiors!" — Kempf and Olwen, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Kempuf: Hm? What's the matter, Fred? Is something wrong?
Fred: You know what's wrong! What did Lady Olwen do? Punishing troops for personal reasons goes against military laws. Please release her immediately, or else I will take this matter to Queen Ishtar!
Kempuf: Personal reasons? Why, I never. General Olwen drew her blade right here, to kill me.
Fred: What? No... That can't be...
Kempf: What did our military code say about turning your blade to your superiors? I recall it meant death, or some other severe punishment...
Fred: ...So is that your plan. ...Dirty schemer...
Kempf: Anyway, you will have to take responsibility for your commander's misbehavior. I order you to go out and meet the enemy. But this is a punishment. Fight to your death. If you dare retreat, Olwen will die. Understood?
Fred: Kempf! ...You shameless bastard!
Kempf: Hm? What's that? Can’t hear you. Hahahahaha!" — Kempf and Fred, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Don't forget to kill off the prisoners as well. They'll be a nuisance if they escape." — Kempf, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Nikalaf: I hope you're ready for the attack, Kempf.
Kempf: Of course, General Nikalaf. They call themselves a Liberation Army, but their strength is but that of simple brigands. I shall take them down with my legion with ease.
Nicaraf: With ease, you say? Don't give me that nonsense, boy! Who was it who shamefully abandoned his troops and fled from Dandrum Fortress? That was you, Kempf! Now listen to me. We are up against Leonster’s Lanceritter forces. With Prince Leif leading them and their homeland in front of them, their morale is as high as the midday sun. You will die if you take them lightly!
Kempf: Yes... I'm sorry...
Nikalaf: You will stay here and defend the bridge. The ballistas will cover you from the rear lines. Do not fight outside their range. This is an order!
Nicaraf: We will start our offense when the reinforcements from Alster arrive. We will charge the enemy from front and rear and crush them in one quick stroke.
Kempf: Reinforcements from Alster?
Nikalaf: Yes. Count Conomore will bring about 100 of his knights. The enemy will suffer a surprise attack from behind by the strongest army in Northern Thracia.
Kempuf: I see... ...But then the credit won't be mine... I need to defeat them on my own..." — Kempf and Nikalaf, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Hahaha, harsh words. Still, General Kempuf is a bad apple, so to speak. He was born into nobility and has his future set out for him, but he’s not a man to look up to." — Largo on Kempf, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Largo: He's jealous of General Reinhardt's fame and takes it out on you, his sister. Disgraceful, if you ask me.
Olwen: General Kempf thinks my brother is his rival.
Largo: ...Well, they are about the same age, and were both made generals rather young. I understand how he feels, but...
Olwen: But my brother doesn't think of him as a rival at all..." — Largo and Olwen on Kempf, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Hmph, finally I've gotten that annoying little wench taken care of. Now, if she is executed for revolt, then that Reinhardt will lose his position as well. I can't wait to see his face... Hahaha..." — Kempf, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
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