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Lord Arundel

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Volkhard von Arundel

Medium portrait arundel fe16.png
Artwork of Lord Arundel from Three Houses.





  • Anselma (sister)
  • Edelgard (niece)
  • Dimitri (step-nephew)
  • Ionius IX (first brother-in-law)
  • Lambert (second brother-in-law)
  • Five unnamed nephews (all deceased)
  • Three unnamed nieces (all deceased)
  • Two unnamed niblings (both deceased)


Starting class

Dark Knight

Voiced by


Lord Volkhard von Arundel[2] (pronounced /ˈvoʊlkɑɹd vɒn ˈɑɹʌndɛl/[key]; Japanese: フォルクハルト=フォン=アランデル Volkhard von Arundel) is a non-playable character appearing in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. He is the regent of the Adrestian Empire and the maternal uncle of Edelgard.


Volkhard von Arundel is an Adrestian noble who was granted the title of Lord Arundel and rule of a region on the Adrestian border with Faerghus after his sister Anselma became one of Emperor Ionius IX's consorts. He is also credited as being one of the chief instigators of the Insurrection of the Seven, a soft coup in Imperial Year 1171 that rendered Ionius IX a politically impotent figurehead. In spite of his declared involvement however, he and his niece Edelgard fled to Faerghus once the event took place, where they would live for three years while concealing her niece's public presence as he feared Edelgard could be used as a political pawn.[3]

In 1174, Arundel returned to the Empire alongside his niece and stopped donating money to the Church of Seiros at this time, which caused his step-nephew, Dimitri, to speculate years later that he might have had a hand in orchestrating the Tragedy of Duscur. Once they arrived in Adrestia, Lord Arundel and his organization known as "those who slither in the dark" teamed up with several corrupt Adrestian nobles, such as Duke Aegir, supported the abduction of Ionius IX's children and subjected them to horrific experimentation to imbue them with two Crests in order to wield the Sword of the Creator in an attempt to create a powerful peerless emperor, with the goal of challenging the Children of the Goddess' dominance over humanity and, ultimately, conquering all of Fódlan. The sole survivor of these experiments was his niece Edelgard, who swore to destroy both Arundel and his co-conspirators and the Church of Seiros which she blamed for propagating the Crest-worship that led to the deaths of her siblings. To this end, Edelgard reluctantly agreed to work with Arundel in order to make use of his group's resources to defeat the Church, intending to double-cross him after he outlived his usefulness.

In 1180, Lord Arundel is briefly seen conspiring with Edelgard under her "Flame Emperor" identity and taking command of the Death Knight. If Byleth is a member of the Blue Lions, he also can be seen having a brief conversation with Dimitri shortly before the incident in Remire Village. During the Battle of Garreg Mach on all routes other than Crimson Flower, Lord Arundel commands Adrestian reinforcements to relieve Edelgard after she is defeated in combat by Church forces.

On the Azure Moon route, Lord Arundel leads the Adrestian invasion of Leicester in the wake of their defeat at the Battle at Gronder. Alliance leader Claude successfully petitions Dimitri for reinforcements, and the Kingdom crushes his troops in a pincer attack and mortally wounds him. Lord Arundel refuses to answer Dimitri's questions about the Tragedy of Duscur and encourages him and Edelgard to kill each other before perishing. On the Crimson Flower route, after the Empire conquers Leicester, Lord Arundel heads to Derdriu to collect the former Alliance's Heroes' Relics. Byleth may undertake an optional mission to rescue some of his subordinates from an experiment with Demonic Beasts gone awry; afterwards, Hubert speculates that this was an attempt to bully Edelgard's forces and display his power. After Edelgard double-crosses and kills his agent Cornelia at Arianrhod, Lord Arundel confronts and subtly threatens her and Byleth, warning them that if they continue at the rate they are going, the Empire may become another Arianrhod. His meaning is revealed when Hubert reports that Arianrhod was disintegrated by pillars of light; Edelgard scapegoats the Church for its destruction. He makes a final appearance shortly before the final battle for Fhirdiad, and makes a failed attempt to encourage Edelgard to expand her vision to conquering the entire world. By contrast, he makes no further appearances on the Silver Snow or Verdant Wind routes.

Lord Arundel's sudden shift in personality in 1174, shared voice actors with Thales in both languages, and connections to "those who slither in the dark" are all consistent with other characters killed and replaced by Agarthan infiltrators, suggesting he was murdered around year 1174 and the man the player has known as Lord Arundel is actually Thales impersonating him.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses


Lord Arundel is a non-playable character on the Silver Snow, Verdant Wind, and Crimson Flower routes, and the boss of Chapter 19 on the Azure Moon route.


Enemy - Azure Moon Chapter 19

Normal Hard Maddening

Small portrait arundel fe16.png
Ma ns01 dark knight enemy.gif Dark Knight
Level 39
Movement 7
Crest --
Max HP 51 Luck 17
Strength 26 Defense 23+2
Magic 23 Resistance 34
Dexterity 21 Charm 21+1
Speed 15
Inventory Abilities
-- Commander
Black Tomefaire
Dark Tomefaire
Cavalry Effect Null
Rally Dexterity
Defiant Mag
Defense +2
Combat arts Spells Battalion
-- Hades Ω
Arundel Magic Corps Lv 3
Resonant Flames
Skill Levels
Swords Lances Axes Bows Brawling Reason Faith Authority Heavy Armor Riding Flying Class mastery
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Personality and character

While presenting a front of an affable servant of the Empire, Lord Arundel is in realty a cruel and arrogant man who will do whatever it takes to ensure the dominance of "those who slither in the dark" over humanity. He views both Edelgard and Dimitri as expendable pawns, and actively encourages them to kill each other. In contrast, it is described he used to be a more pious man in the past - to the point he donated his money to the Church of Seiros for many years - and even cared for his niece's actual wellbeing, a far cry from the man he currently is.


Battle quotes

Nothing bites so hard as a cornered rat, eh?
— Lord Arundel as the boss of Azure Moon Chapter 19.
Your very presence has foiled our plans, yet again...
— Lord Arundel fighting Byleth in Azure Moon Chapter 19.
Lord Arundel: You would raise a weapon against your uncle? You've grown into a savage of a man, just like your father.
Dimitri: You are rather calm for one in your position. Or did you forget that this is a battlefield? Perhaps this is no time for words, Uncle. There will be time for that after we have settled things here.

— Lord Arundel fighting Dimitri in Azure Moon Chapter 19.

Critical quotes

Do not oppose me!
— Lord Arundel
I control your fate!
— Lord Arundel
— Lord Arundel
Time to take your leave!
— Lord Arundel

Death/defeat quotes

Do our hopes end here...
— Lord Arundel's defeat quote in Azure Moon Chapter 19.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes

• Lord Arundel
• Volkhard von Arundel

• Used in menus.
• Full name. Volkhard is a variant of a Germanic name which comes from *fulką "people group" (whence English "folk", German "Volk") and *harduz "hard, strong" (whence English "hard", German "hart").



• Lord Arundel, used in menus
• Volkhart von Arundel, full name.


• Lord Arundel
• Volkhard von Arundel

• Used in menus.
• Full name.


• Seigneur Arundel
• Volkhard von Arundel

• Lord Arundel, used in menus.
• Full name.


• Herzog Arundel
• Volkhard von Arundel

• Duke Arundel, used in menus.
• Full name.


• Lord Arundel
• Volkhard von Arundel

• Used in menus.
• Full name.


Lorde Arundel

Lord Arundel; used in the Choose Your Legends polls for Fire Emblem Heroes.


아룬델 공
폴크하르트 폰 아룬델

• Duke Arundel, used in menus
• Volkhart von Arundel, full name.

Simplified Chinese


• Duke Arundel, used in menus
• Volkhart von Arundel, full name.

Traditional Chinese


• Duke Arundel, used in menus
• Volkhart von Arundel, full name.



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  2. "Their general is Lord Volkhard von Arundel. He serves as regent to the emperor" — Gilbert in Azure Moon Chapter 19, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  3. "As she was seeking asylum from the Empire in the Kingdom, Lord Arundel was obligated to hide the Imperial princess's whereabouts. If her location had gone public, the Empire would have demanded her return. She would undoubtedly have become a political pawn in the Kingdom as well." — Dimitri in his A-support with Hapi, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
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