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Raven (character)

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Raven

FERK Raven.png
Artwork of Raven from Fire Emblem.

A troubled mercenary with a grudge against House Ostia.

Gender

Male

Race

Human

Age

19

Family

Priscilla (sister)
Lucius (vassal)

Starting class

Mercenary

Appearance(s)

Fire Emblem

Yes... I was so distraught at the time... I believed the rumors without question. Without doubt. I truly did not care whether the lord of Ostia was guilty or not. I merely wanted to find a victim for the rage inside me... And you were right all along... I should have tried to understand...
— Lucius and Raven's A support

Raven (レイヴァン, Leyvan), given name Raymond, is a playable character in Fire Emblem. Initially a member of the dissolved kingdom of Cornwell, Raven becomes a mercenary with a grudge against House Ostia.

Fire Emblem

Role

Pre-game

Raven was not always known as Raven; initially, he was known as Lord Raymond of Cornwell, one of fourteen territories found in the League of Lycia. Despite initially living a life of a noble, the territory was later dissolved by the head of Lycia, Ostia, due to allegations of embezzlement. During the dissolution of the territory following the subsequent proof that the leaders of Cornwell knew what they were doing, all of the ruling class of the territory committed suicide, leaving only two direct survivors of the family: Raymond and his younger sister Priscilla. Outside of this, the only other survivor was a man named Lucius, who eventually became a vassal to Raymond.

After these events, Priscilla was sent off to live with Count Caerleon of Etruria; Raymond himself vanished and instead became a traveling mercenary by the name of Raven, with his primary purpose in life becoming a mission to avenge the fall of Cornwell.

In-game

In his travels as a mercenary, Raven ended up in Castle Caelin for unknown reasons, along with his vassal Lucius. During his stay, however, Marquess Laus, Darin, launched a surprise attack on the territory, forcing the granddaughter of Marquess Caelin, Lyn, and some of her own army to flee, and causing survivors to be locked in a prison cell within the castle. While Raven begrudgingly waits out his sentence, upon hearing that the castle will be liberated by a force partially commanded by Hector, the brother of Marquess Ostia, Uther, Raven defects to Laus in the hopes of killing the young lord.

In a coincidence, however, Raven finds not only Hector as part of the army, but he also finds that his long-estranged sister Priscilla is with them as well. Upon learning this, Raven willingly defects again to Eliwood's army, and forces Lucius to go along with him; although claiming to Priscilla he is joining with her in order to protect her, he reveals to Lucius that his sole purpose is to get close to Hector so he can kill him.

As the game progresses, however, supports with either Priscilla or Lucius, he chooses to give up his plans for revenge, upon either learning that there is no proof that Ostia is reponsible for the death of his parents or that he is unwilling to abandon his sister when she tells him to stop his quest.

Post-game

Under ordinary circumstances, Raven vanishes after the end of the war against Nergal, with his ending claiming that reports claim he might be living in Araphen, the same area that Lucius ends up living in. In addition, Raven can get a paired ending with Lucius, which states that the mercenary discussed the fate of Cornwell with Hector; while Hector is sympathetic to his plight and suggests recreating Cornwell with Raven as its marquess, Raven refuses the offer and elects to continue traveling with Lucius.

Endings

Raven, Sublime Mercenary
Raven vanished without a word. Many reports have placed him in Araphen, but none could be confirmed.

Lucius, the Light, and Raven, Sublime Mercenary
After the conflict, Raven revealed his past to Hector. Hector offered to rebuild Raven's home, but Raven refused. He and Lucius travel as mercenaries, but Lucius is pleased to see his friend's heart has been eased.

Starting stats and growth rates

Eliwood/Hector's tales Hector's tale (Hard Mode)

Portrait raven fe07.png
Mercenary
Level 5
Affinity Is gba thunderaffin.png
Recruitment: Speak to him with Priscilla in Chapter 16/17: Whereabouts Unknown.

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory
Is gba steel sword.png Steel Sword
Weapon Levels
GBARankSword.gif C GBARankLance.gif -- Axe -- GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif -- GBARankLight.gif -- GBARankDark.gif -- GBARankStaff.gif --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Skill Spd Luck Def Res Con Move Weapon level
Hero +4 +0 +2 +2 +0 +2 +2 +1 +1 GBARankSword.gif +40, Axe E

Analysis

Raven can potentially be the player's only potential hero, assuming that they do not recruit Harken. Despite starting at the rather low level of 5, Raven is often considered one of the best characters in all the game, especially in the hard modes; his base stats as a mercenary are already solid in the normal modes, and in hard modes, his base stats are much better for his level. Adding to this, Raven's growths give him very high HP, strength, skill, and speed, allowing him to be rather durable, perform critical hits more often, and allow him to deal significant damage with his frequent double hits. Raven's high HP growth, coupled with an already solid starting HP of 25 to 29, also renders his rather low growths in defence and resistance moot, and even then, due to his high speed, he is quite likely to avoid many attacks directed at him.

Raven's low luck, however, makes him rather susceptible to critical hits, thus limiting his effectiveness against swordmasters and berserkers, as well as units that wield killer weapons. Additionally, while Raven's constitution is good for wielding swords, at 8 to 9, this constitution prevents him from wielding many axes in the game without taking a speed decrease of some type, though this can be remedied with his rather high potential speed.

Fire Emblem Heroes

Role

Raven is one of the characters available to be summoned by players from the game's initial launch. Only one variation of Raven is currently available in Heroes, based on his Fire Emblem incarnation.

Starting stats

★★★★ ★★★★★

Portrait raven feh.png
Rarity ★★★★
Weapon type Is feh axe.png
Unit type Infantry

Initial Stats Level 40 Stats

Maximum HP 17/18/19
Attack 7/8/9 Speed 8/9/10
Defense 4/5/6 Resistance 3/4/5
Skills
Is feh skill offense.png Brave Axe*
Is feh skill support.png --
Is feh skill special.png Daylight

Skill set

Skill Rarity SP cost
Is feh skill offense.png Iron Axe Innate
Is feh skill offense.png Steel Axe Innate
Is feh skill offense.png Brave Axe Innate
Is feh skill offense.png Brave Axe+ ★★★★★ 300 SP
Is feh skill special.png Daylight Innate
Is feh skill special.png Sol ★★★★ 200 SP
Is feh defiant spd 1.pngA Defiant Speed 1 ★★★★ 40 SP
Is feh defiant spd 2.pngA Defiant Speed 2 ★★★★ 80 SP
Is feh defiant spd 3.pngA Defiant Speed 3 ★★★★★ 160 SP
Is feh threaten def 1.pngC Threaten Def 1 ★★★★ 50 SP
Is feh threaten def 2.pngC Threaten Def 2 ★★★★ 100 SP
Is feh threaten def 3.pngC Threaten Def 3 ★★★★★ 200 SP

Personality and character

Among Raven's most notable characteristics is his strongly introverted manner; in all of his supports, except for those with Lucius, Raven never speaks first, and in many of them, Raven also speaks less than the other participant. Adding to this, Raven sometimes completely walks out during conversations, to the puzzlement of the other speaker, and Bartre himself notes that the mercenary is difficult to locate during battle.

Additionally, Raven's manner in conversation, when he speaks, tends to be coarse and cold to others; in supports, he belittles the archer Rebecca after repairing her bow[1], calls the carefree archer Wil "an idiot" after his many attempts to socialise with the mercenary[2], and after seeing Bartre's long and illegible family tree, tells the fighter outright that is handwriting is poor and tells him to take as long as possible to learn how to master handwriting[3] Even with his vassal Lucius, Raven expresses no end to his callousness; throughout their supports, Raven tells the monk to cease his attempts to get revenge on Ostia, though Lucius does win out in the end. Raven's own personality is reflected even in his facial features; as noted by both Rebecca[4] and Wil[5], Raven always appears cold and uncaring.

Raven, however, is not always in his introverted, cold manner; in his supports with Priscilla, he does take a considerably calmer tone with her, though his actual words remain rough; in their A support, Raven finally gives in and drops his attempts at revenge, as willing to fight alongside his sister[6]. In addition, Rebecca, after giving Raven a large meal as a way to repay him for fixing her bow, Rebecca shows surprise upon seeing him actually smile[7]

Supports

Portrait raven fe07.png
Raven
Mercenary
Is gba iceaffin.png
Small portrait lucius fe07.png
Lucius
Monk Is gba lightaffin.png
Initial: 30
Per turn:+3
Small portrait rebecca fe07.png
Rebecca
Archer Is gba fireaffin.png
Initial: 0
Per turn:+2
Small portrait bartre fe07.png
Bartre
Fighter Is gba thunderaffin.png
Initial: 0
Per turn:+1

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Per turn:+
Small portrait priscilla fe07.png
Priscilla
Troubadour Is gba windaffin.png
Initial: 20
Per turn:+3
Small portrait wil fe07.png
Wil
Archer Is gba windaffin.png
Initial: 0
Per turn:+1

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Quotes

Death quote

...I'm done for. Is this really...the best I could aspire to?
— Raven.

Final Chapter: Light quote

If I die here… so be it.
— Raven

Battle History quotes

...Well done. I want your strength.
— Raven, with S or A rank
Tactician, you are better than I'd thought.
— Raven, with B or C rank
Useless...
— Raven, with D or E rank

Tactician quotes

So you're the tactician, huh? I'm Raven. I'm just a mercenary. I work for these guys now, so it looks like I'll take your orders. What are you waiting for? What do you need me to do?
— Raven, in Chapter 17x: The Port of Badon, Hector's Story

Heroes quotes

Other appearances

Outside of an appearance in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance's official art gallery, Raven has not made any other appearances in official media.

Etymology

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Raven; Raymond Latter is derived from the Germanic name Raginmund, composed of the words for "advice" and "protector"[8]; former is English in origin, and is taken from the bird of the same name.[9]
Japanese レイヴァン Officially romanised as Leyvan; corrupted translation of the above.
Spanish Raven
French Raven
German Raven
Italian Raven

Trivia

  • Along with Linus, Raven's Hero sprite is unique; instead of breastplates and spiked shoulder pads that Deke, Ogier, Harken, and Gerik have, Raven and Linus instead wear long, knee-legth jackets to resemble their official artworks.

Gallery

Small portrait raven fe07.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait raven fe07.png Mercenary Hero
Bs fe07 raven mercenary sword.png
Sword
Bs fe07 raven hero axe.png
Axe
Bs fe07 raven hero sword.png
Sword



References

  1. "Rebecca: Ah...I-I'm sorry. I'm... I'm not even a proper mercenary
    Raven: I don’t know why you’re here... But a soldier who can’t take care of his own weapons has no place on the battlefield.
    " - Rebecca and Raven C support, Fire Emblem
  2. "Wil: It's a nickname! Yours! Like it? Rave!
    Raven: ... ...You really are an idiot.
    " - Wil and Raven A support, Fire Emblem
  3. "Raven: Your handwriting is abysmal.
    Bartre: Gack! I...was never good at my letters. Of course, I was kind of writing in a hurry...
    Raven: Perhaps you could go rewrite this, so I can read it better, eh?
    Bartre: Of course!
    Raven: Take all the time you need, really.
    " - Raven and Bartre B support, Fire Emblem
  4. Rebecca: Ah... Scary... But maybe not all that bad inside? Sure liked what I saw on the outside! Tee hee...|Rebecca and Raven C support|The Blazing Blade}}
  5. "Wil: Fine, fine. If it’ll get you to stop scowling, I’ll talk normal.
    Raven: What scowl?
    Wil: That! What you’re doing right now!
    Raven: ... ...This is my normal face.
    Wil: Huh? No way!
    " - Wil and Raven B support, Fire Emblem
  6. " Raven: I planned to get revenge on Ostia for the destruction of House Cornwell. Since I cast aside the name Raymond and took the name Raven, revenge is all I have lived for. But...now, I have given that up. ...It is not right to abandon my little sister.
    Priscilla: Bro-- Lord Brother!
    Raven: That is all I have to say. Let’s be off, Priscilla. You were going to stay by my side, were you not?
    " - Raven and Priscilla A support, [[Fire Emblem: {{{3}}}]]
  7. "Rebecca: Ah! You do smile, Raven!
    Raven: I'm human. I smile, I cry.
    Rebecca: Hm...I can't imagine you crying, sir Raven. But you have a...nice smile! Very handsome! You...You look a bit like my brother.
    " - Raven and Rebecca A support, Fire Emblem
  8. http://www.behindthename.com/name/raymond
  9. http://www.behindthename.com/name/raven
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