Lord Volkhard von Arundel (pronounced /ˈvoʊlkɑɹd vɒn ˈɑɹʌndɛl/[key]) 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 Patricia became one of Emperor Ionius IX's consorts. He is credited as being one of the chief instigators of the Insurrection of the Seven, a soft coup in 1171 that rendered Ionius IX a politically impotent figurehead. In 1171, he took his Patricia and his niece Edelgard and fled to Faerghus, where they would live for three years; Patricia married King Lambert and became queen consort during this time. In 1174, he and Edelgard returned to the Empire. He also unexpectedly stopped donating money to the Church of Seiros at this time, and was speculated many years later by his step-nephew Dimitri to have had a hand in orchestrating the Tragedy of Duscur.
Lord Arundel and a cult known as "those who slither in the dark" teamed up with several corrupt Adrestian nobles responsible for abducting all of Ionius IX's children and subjecting them to horrific experimentation to imbue them with two Crests in order to wield the Sword of the Creator, challenge the Nabateans' dominance over humanity, and ultimately conquering all of Fódlan. The sole survivor of these experiments was 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 resources to defeat the Church, intending to double-cross him after he outlived his usefulness.
Lord Arundel is briefly seen conspiring with Edelgard in her Flame Emperor identity and taking command of the Death Knight. If Byleth is a member of the Blue Lions, he also has 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. He makes no further appearances on the Silver Snow or Verdant Wind routes.
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.
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 in or around 1174 and the man the player has known as Lord Arundel is actually Thales impersonating him.
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
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.
|“||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.
|“||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|
|English||Volkhard von Arundel|
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|