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Rennac (Japanese: レナック Rennac) is a snarky rogue who appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is a hired guard for Princess L'Arachel of Rausten along with the berserker Dozla; he is often trying to escape from her.
Rennac first appears in Chapter 4, in which he, along with L'Arachel and Dozla, appear on the northeast cliffs overlooking where Eirika's army is fighting monsters. L'Arachel declares that they must charge down the cliffs and help them, while Rennac snidely reminds her they will die if they choose to do so. After the battle, she energetically introduces herself to Eirika, as Rennac quietly accompanies her, quite annoyed by her energy. Still, he follows her as the group leaves.
In Chapter 9 L'Arachel's group appears again. She excitedly announces that they are going on the overland route to Rausten. Rennac tries to stop her, but is ignored, sadly forced to continue. However, he can be seen in a house, asking the visitor not to tell L'Arachel that he is hiding there; he gives whoever visits a dragonshield. At the end of the chapter, if neither of the two houses were destroyed, he comes up and asks Eirika if L'Arachel and Dozla are still in the city. She tells him they have left; he happily rejoices and gives her an angelic robe.
Later, in Chapter 11, L'Arachel and Dozla appear again. She notices that Rennac is gone, but barely seems to miss him.
In Chapter 14, Rennac appears in Jehanna Hall, aiming to loot the castle's treasure and leave. He can either offer Eirika to hire him for 9,980 gold, or L'Arachel just manages to persuade him to come with her by her assertive force. Afterwards, he joins Eirika's army and helps her for the rest of the war.
L'Arachel and her group appear at the end of Chapter 10. She informs Ephraim that no ships are leaving port because of a ghost ship. However, she also declares that she herself is finding a ship to help purge the ship of evil. Rennac is unenthusiastic about this, pleading that this end.
Luckily for him, he escapes before they board the ship. In Chapter 11, L'Arachel mentions that he is gone, but does not really mind this.
He reappears in Chapter 14 in Grado Keep, hoping to steal the treasure of the castle. Either Ephraim or L'Arachel can recruit him. If Ephraim talks to him, he is frightened, having heard tales of Ephraim's supposed brutality. He asks for 9,980 gold to hire him and all his treasure; Ephraim can accept or decline. If L'Arachel talks to him, he joins for free out of her forceful assertiveness. He joins Ephraim's army and helps for the rest of the war.
Starting stats and growth rates
Eirika's route Ephraim's route
Rennac is a late-joining Rogue. As a Rogue, he offers lockpicking services and can steal items from enemies. His base speed is very high, allowing him to steal from most foes without issues. He also joins before a desert chapter, where he and Colm can find items in the desert together.
Despite his utility, Rennac has many disadvantages. His availability is much lower than Colm's, so his utility is also lower. Stealing is more valuable in the early game, because the player has access to fewer keys. The Sacred Stones offers many keys to the player for free, so thief utility is seldom significant. When Rennac joins, he often has nothing to do unless the player prefers to use lockpicks over keys.
Rennac's combat is decent, because his speed is high enough to double. The problem is that he can only use swords, and swords are the worst melee weapon type in the game. There is no 2-range option for sword users and many enemies use lances. Because of this, Rennac will often get attacked by ranged enemies, and he cannot counter them. His durability is decent, but not amazing, so he cannot perform tanking duties, either.
Another disadvantage of Rennac is that he lacks a mount. Mounted units dominate The Sacred Stones because of their high movement. They also have access to 1-2 range through lances and axes. Rennac has none of these benefits and cannot receive them from any source.
Rennac also suffers from redundancy. Deploying two thieves is almost never necessary except for the desert chapter. In that chapter, Rennac is useful because he and Colm can cover more ground together. But in other chapters, there is little Rennac can do that Colm cannot. Colm also has a significant availability advantage. In the average playthrough, Colm will help the player much more than Rennac.
The player can replace Colm with Rennac once the latter joins. Rennac will have higher stats on average, and Rogues do not need lockpicks to open doors and chests. Even so, the high number of Door Keys and Chest Keys in The Sacred Stones calls Rennac's usefulness into question. Using mounted units with keys is often faster than having Rennac open everything.
Personality and character
Rennac is a quite sarcastic and contemptuous man. As a rogue, he takes great pride in his abilities, charging 9,980 gold to Eirika or Ephraim for his services. He is slightly greedy, and states that gold makes him happy when asked by L'Arachel. Often, he bemoans his terrible misfortune, in his view, and he greatly resents his work for L'Arachel. He is able to dance, shown in his conversations with L'Arachel, who at first doubts this. Rennac learned this from going to parties and dancing with his father's friends' daughters. Regardless of his negative character traits, he still has a sweet side, shown when he tries to court Tethys in their series of support conversations or, according to his ending, doesn't try very hard to keep away from L'Arachel.
Rennac is a rogue hired by L'Arachel to guard her along with Dozla. He receives very little pay for this; however, she states that he has received "ample compensation" as the joy from doing good. Still, however, he does have a soft spot for her, again, shown in his ending in which he does not try very hard to get away from L'Arachel. Although he is a rogue, he is the son of a wealthy merchant from Carcino, but was forced to work for what he has at a young age.
- Main article: Rennac/Supports
Rennac, Rich "Merchant"
L'Arachel summoned Rennac back to Rausten, and he was forced to return. He was never able to escape his service to the self-centered princess who became queen. Admittedly, he didn't try very hard.
|“||Great. This is just what I needed...||”|
— Death quote
|“||Come on... You can’t be serious!||”|
— Rennac in the final chapter.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Rennac is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Rennac|
|Rich "Merchant", Rennac|
|"Have Lady L'Arachel and her man, Sir Stubble-chin, gone yet? I'm finally free! No more getting bossed around by that witless ninny!"|
|Attack: 50||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Rogue||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Masterful Pick: [Activate]  Reveal the top card of your opponent's deck. If that card's deployment cost is 3 or more, draw a card.|
Fated for Servitude: [Trigger] [Once per turn] When this unit reveals a card using "Masterful Pick", if you have an ally "L'Arachel", you may pay the cost and if you do: Untap this unit.
|Card #B11-040HN • Artist: Doji Shiki|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Rennac .
- Rennac got a huge base stat increase in the international versions of the game. Most notably, his resistance was increased from 3 to 11.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Most likely comes from the Anglo-Saxon surname Renack, which was given to a family who lived near the region of Renwick, beside the Eden river in Cumberland.
Officially romanized as Rennac.
Artwork of Rennac from The Sacred Stones.
Beta portrait of Rennac from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Rennac attacking with a sword.
Artwork of Rennac from Fire Emblem Cipher.
- "Rennac: I'm a useful fellow to have around. And cheap, too! Only 9,980 gold! Well, what do you think?" — Chapter 14: Queen of White Dunes, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Rennac: Is that too high? Fine, then you get my sword as well. I'll join your army. So that's me and the treasure for only 9,980 gold! What do you say?" — Chapter 14: Father and Son, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "L'Arachel: You should learn from me. If you were truly happy, you would not sigh so. Tell me, Rennac, what is it that makes you happy?
Rennac: Makes me happy? Let me see... Uh... I've never really thought about it. If pressed, I'd have to say gold." — Rennac and L'Arachel's A support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Rennac: I am raging against my horrible misfortune! You're a vassal sworn to serve Princess L'Arachel. You're supposed to be here. I, however, am not. I'm temporary. Got it? I'm an employee! I am NOT a vassal!" — Rennac and Dozla's C support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "L'Arachel: 1...2...3... Slow...slow... Quick, quick, slow... Ah! Y-you... Not bad... No, good... Very good actually... You CAN dance! You're much better than I imagined you'd be.
Rennac: Thank you. My father was a merchant. We found ourselves invited to many balls. It was my job to dance with the wives and daughters of his associates. I found that I had a taste for it, and with practice, I improved my skill.
L'Arachel: Is that so? I see... It's not fair you kept that secret. Your dance skills were quite adequate. Your treatment of ladies, however, is still sorely lacking." — Rennac and L'Arachel's B support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "L’Arachel: Is this about wages? I believe you've received ample compensation.
Rennac: Ample?! Do you even know what that word means? You've the princess of Rausten! I thought working for you would pay well. Yet your purse strings are knotted tight, and I've almost been killed so many--
L’Arachel: The joy that comes from doing good is not something that can be purchased. There. All better? Let's go." — Chapter 14: Queen of White Dunes or Father and Son, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Rennac: Oh, that's too bad. Listen, urchin. Merchants are always stingy. It's part of who they are. And my father was especially stingy. He gave us nothing for free." — Rennac and Colm's B support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- Renack Name Meaning, Family History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms, www.houseofnames.com, Retrieved: 15 July 2018
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