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Roark's portrait in Radiant Dawn.







Starting class



Colonial fools... I'll teach them what it means to defy the empire!
— Roark

Roark (Japanese: ラオ Rao) is a Begnion army commander who fought in the war between the Laguz Alliance and Begnion. He led an invasion into Crimea, which was entirely neutral in the conflict at the time, to pillage a town near the Begnion border for funds and provisions for the army. His actions forced the Crimean Royal Knights to intervene and stop Roark's men, and as retaliation Roark ordered the town's homes to be burned to the ground.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn


Roark is the boss of Part III, Chapter 9. The chapter's objective is to defeat Roark.


See also: Marauders
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Level 12
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Constitution 13
Max HP 42 Speed 23
Strength 22 Luck 8
Magic 11 Defense 22
Skill 24 Resistance 15
Movement 7 Weight 19
Inventory Skills
SpearThis item or skill is locked to this unit.
Critical +5
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances S Axes -- Bows -- Knives -- Strike weapons --
Fire magic -- Thunder magic -- Wind magic -- Light magic -- Dark magic -- Staves --


Roark believed that because Crimea was a suzerain state to Begnion, existing only because Begnion allowed it to, any attempt by the Crimeans to defy Begnion's will or stop its soldiers was an act of betrayal. In his view, the right response to such defiance was to cruelly massacre the people of Crimea and destroy their property, ordering the town's houses to be burned down as this punishment.[1] He appeared to fear Senator Valtome, the commander-in-chief of the army at the time, and the cruel punishments Valtome would subject Roark and his men to if they failed to extract enough from the town, regardless if there was much to extract in the first place.[2]


Battle quotes

Dog of Crimea! I'll crush you!
— Roark, as the boss of Part III, Chapter 9 of Radiant Dawn.
Geoffrey: I am Geoffrey, the commander of the Crimean Royal Knights! Do you command these men?
Roark: Knight of Crimea. You are clearly guilty of treason against the Begnion Empire! Do you understand what it means to send an army against us? You've just killed your people.
Geoffrey: You have been warned. Queen Elincia will not accept any further acts of violence and banditry within our borders! Withdraw your troops immediately, or I cannot guarantee your safe return! Decide quickly.
Roark: How dare you take that tone with me! I'll put you in your place!

— Roark, when fighting Geoffrey in Part III, Chapter 9 of Radiant Dawn.

Death quotes

The empire will not forget this... Once our main forces arrive, they will slaughter you like cattle!
— Roark, as the boss of Part III, Chapter 9 in Radiant Dawn.

Other appearances


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology, and in other regions
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Romanized as RAO in his internal file name.



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  1. "Crimean soldiers! How dare you turn your weapons against us! You will pay for this betrayal. Men, burn these shanties to the ground! Show these fools what we do to traitors!" — Roark, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
  2. "Roark: Are you layabouts done collecting supplies? We don't have all day!
    Soldier: No, sir. Progress is slow. These people just don't have much. Something about an uprising earlier...
    Roark: Fools! I don't want excuses! Take anything you see, and if these bumpkins complain at all, cut them down! Because you can bet your armor that Senator Valtome will do the same to us if we're not done by the time he arrives!
    " — Roark and a Begnion soldier, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
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