|“||...So noisy. I thought I could escape battle here on the Dread Isle. No... I’m not interested in why you’re fighting. I am only looking for tranquility.||”|
— Renault, in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Renault (Japanese: レナート Renato; PAL: Renaud), is a bishop who appears in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. Appearing as the second to last recruitable character in Fire Emblem, Renault is most well-known for his complex and mysterious backstory.
- 1 Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- 2 Personality and character
- 3 Supports
- 4 Endings
- 5 Quotes
- 6 Other appearances
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Etymology and other languages
- 9 Gallery
- 10 References
Much of Renault's past is never elaborated on, due to his refusal to speak much of it; in addition, many of his statements and his supports provide ambiguous information on who he may be. Despite this lack of information, it is suggested that Renault started off as a soldier for Caelin, as he bears a strong resemblance, both physically and verbally, to a knight that helped train a young Wallace thirty years before the start of the game (though Wallace questions whether this same Renault is even still alive). As demonstrated in Bartre's support conversations as well, it is demonstrated that Renault was a powerful fighter in this time; Bartre loudly claims that Renault has to be some sort of warrior from his own intuition, and Renault even knocks out the warrior upon punching him in the face. It is unknown why he chose to leave the army, though his supports with Isadora suggest that that it occurred because the loss of a close friend in the heat of a battle.
As a result of this loss, Renault was driven mad; Renault himself says that he only "knew how to bash another man's skull". In this rage, Renault killed many that opposed him; among these victims was Lucius's father, whom Renault killed in front of a young Lucius and his mother. Eventually, Renault became associated with Nergal; upon learning of his intentions to create morphs, Renault became an assassin in employ of Nergal in hopes of using Nergal's plans of creating morphs as a way to bring back his own deceased friend. The resulting morph, however, was said to be a "soulless puppet" by Renault; this revelation made him realise the errors of his own ways, and he joined the Saint Elimine clergy to atone for his sins.
Renault later sought sanctum on the Dread Isle, for reasons that are not disclosed; theories claim that he either sought to live in solitude to continue to atone, or that he planned on launching a plan for revenge on Nergal.
Renault is first seen in Imprisoner of Magic in an abandoned temple on the field; when visited by any character, they all advise him to leave the field of battle. Before parting with the character, he offers them a Goddess Icon, claiming that it will help them "live longer" and that even if they face defeat in combat, they might find "another road" that will help them live. Renault then leaves the ruins and is never seen again until Victory or Death.
In Victory or Death, Renault can be recruited by visiting the ruins to the north of the map within 11 turns; failing to reach the ruins within this time causes him to leave the battleground upon failing to find tranquility in the area. Upon recruitment, Renault informs the character that he is interested only in fighting to help bring tranquility to him. In his time with the army, Renault can be forgiven by Lucius for murdering his father, as well as reveal points of his past to Canas and Isadora.
In the game's final battle, Renault claims that the final fight against Nergal is the moment in his life that he has been waiting for; the actual battle shows a side of Renault never previously seen, where Renault angrily lashes out at Nergal and his plans for morphs, swearing that he will end Nergal in the name of his lost friend.
Regardless of whether he got a paired ending with Isadora or not, Renault vanishes after Nergal is defeated, and his ultimate fate is never known. Despite this, if he got an A support with Isadora, Renault's disappearance is closely examined by Isadora, who elects to join the clergy instead of continuing her service in Pherae.
Starting stats and growth rates
As a unit, Renault is widely considered to be inferior to a trained Serra or Lucius by the time you recruit him. He has an unusually high base skill and speed but rather low base magic, making him more similar to a swordmaster than a mage. Renault's low magic stat alone means he'll be more effective as a staff user than anything else. Because you recruit him so late into the game, Renault's poor growth rates are mostly irrelevant as the player will only have one or two chapters at most to train him.
Renault's most notable strength is the fortify staff he carries. Renault wields the only obtainable fortify staff in Eliwood's tale and one of two obtainable fortify staves in Hector's tale. Recruiting him in Eliwood's tale is imperative for this reason alone. However, this does not necessarily contribute to Renault's strength as a unit because the staff could easily be handed to another staff user, such as Serra or Priscilla.
Renault also has the highest constitution for any light magic user in the game at 9, meaning he will be able to wield Aureola without a speed penalty. He also has a high weapon rank for light magic at A, meaning that training him up to S rank before the final chapter is plausible if the player chooses to do so. However, Athos also starts with an S rank in light magic and could easily fulfill the same role.
To summarize, Renault serves as a weaker alternative to Serra or Lucius if the player did not choose to raise another bishop. Recruiting him is recommended so that the player can obtain the fortify staff that he wields, but fielding him as a combatant is strongly advised against.
Personality and character
In-game, Renault is seen as strongly introverted, leading him to becoming one of the most enigmatic characters in the player's army; in addition to rarely starting conversations on his own, Renault dislikes talking to others, and he chooses to reveal his past to only those who are willing to initiate a conversation with him. Renault is not cold or unfeeling; he shows a deep sense of regret when speaking about how he fell under the sway of Nergal, as well as when he realises he is standing in front of the son of one of his victims. Notably, his battle quote before Nergal shows one of the most emotional outbursts the character; in addition to calling Nergal a liar and callous, he swears to murder Nergal with his own hands to avenge his old friend.
Presumably due to his long history as a warrior, Renault's Magic stat is much lower than would normally be expected from a level 16 Bishop.
- Main article: Renault/Supports
Renault - Burdened Bishop
No one knew the old him. No one knows what became of him. He vanished as though he never existed.
Renault, Burdened Bishop, and Isadora, Escort of Pherae
Renault simply vanished after the battle. Isadora, now alone, returned to Pherae as a member of the imperial guard. Years later, she entered the service of Elimine, hoping to find answers in the clergy.
|“||Am I really...dying?||”|
Final Chapter: Light quote
|“||It is for this moment that I have lived...||”|
Battle History quotes
|“||Your battle sense is beyond belief!||”|
— Renault, with S or A rank
|“||You have superior battle abilities, don't you?||”|
— Renault, with B or C rank
|“||Perhaps you could find happiness off the field?||”|
— Renault, with D or E rank
|“||You... Your name is, Mark, isn't it? I'll wager you don't trust me. You think I look shady, don't you? Don't let it bother you. It's the truth... Mark... Nergal is powerful. But he is still human, and these morphs were made by that same human... Victory is not impossible. ...I know this to be true.||”|
— Renault in Hector's tale, Chapter 32x: The Meaning of Life
Against Nergal in Final Chapter: Light
Renault: ...Nergal, do you remember me?
Nergal: Hah. You are... Renault. So you're still eeking out a wretched existence?
Renault: I went astray. I listened to your honeyed words... I dreamt of the impossible... the return of a lost soul. But...what you gave me was... a puppet... It was soulless...nothing more than an empty vessel!!
Nergal: Just an empty vessel... Isn't that what you wanted? You desired to bring back your dead friend. You were my experiment, and I completed my morph. I'm grateful, Renault. Thanks to you, I gained power.
Renault: You villain... You cursed him! Your crime can never be forgiven! I will end you with my hands. In the name of my lost friend!
Outside of an appearance in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance's character gallery, Renault has not appeared in any official media.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Renault is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Renault|
|Bishop Burdened by Deeds, Renault|
||"I am only looking for tranquility. If helping you will bring it to me, then I will lend you my power."|
|Attack: 60||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 4|
|Class: Bishop||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|"It may help you live longer.": [Activate] [Once per turn]  Choose 1 card with the same unit name as your lord from your Retreat Area, and add it to your hand.|
Atonement for One's Sins: [Trigger] During your opponent's turn, when your support card fails to support your lord, until the end of the battle, your lord gains +30 attack.
|Card #B13-037HN • Artist: Gen Onodera|
|Mysterious Monk, Renault|
|"Don’t be frightened. I am not your enemy. My name is Renault. I'm on a pilgrimage."|
|Attack: 30||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Monk||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|"May the forces of goodness surround you always.": [Always] If your lord is being attacked, support skills belonging to your opponent's support card cannot activate.|
Miracle Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your opponent's attacking unit cannot perform a critical hit.
|Card #B13-038N • Artist: пNekoR|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Renault .
- Renault's base stats are more similar to those of a swordmaster or hero, with notably high skill, speed, and defense but rather low magic. This may be a tribute to Renault's history as a soldier.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Renault||Renault is a variant of the Latin name Reginald, meaning "ruler's advisor."|
|Renaud||Renaud is a variant of the Latin name Reginald and the Old German and French name Reynard. Renaud means "ruler's advisor; strong decision; fox."|
|Japanese||レナート||Officially romanized as Renato, which is a variant of Reginald, Rene, and Reynold, meaning "ruler's advisor; rebirth."|
- "Canas:I will give you the answer I suspect may be true. You know, because you were there. Nergal was alone after he and Athos separated. The only ones around him were his morphs... Perhaps then, you are...
Renault: ... What?
Canas: ...I have never thought one should back away from knowledge, but ...I hesitate to ask...
Renault: When Nergal first created his morphs, he was not alone. He had one assistant. A mercenary who wanted desperately to bring back a friend he has lost in battle. This mercenary volunteered freely for Nergal's experiments, knowing they would make him less than human...
Canas: Bishop Renault, are you saying–
Renault: This was a long, long time ago..." — Canas' and Renault's A Support Conversation, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|