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Roland

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Roland

FERK Roland.png
Artwork of Roland from The Blazing Blade.
Gender

Male

Race

Human

Title(s)

Little Knight

Appearance(s)
If I might help my children, there is nothing else I need do.
— Roland

Roland (Japanese: ローラン Roland), the "Little Knight" (Japanese: 小さき勇者 Little Hero), was one of the Eight Legends of Elibe, hailing from what was at the time the small town of Ostia. Toward the end of The Scouring, when the Divine Weapons were forged to combat dragons, he was deemed to be powerful enough to be chosen to wield one of the weapons, the Blazing Blade Durandal,[1] possessing the strength and skill to wield it in spite of being a rather small man compared to its enormous blade.[2] With the other Generals, he travelled to the Dragon Sanctuary in what would later become Bern and launched an assault on it, accidentally causing the Ending Winter and forcing the dragons to become Manaketes.

After the imprisonment of Idenn and the end of the Scouring, Roland returned to Ostia, now a war-torn wasteland, and with the Durandal restored life to it.[3] From there, he established Lycia, then as a single kingdom with one ruler;[4] after his time, the nation would fragment from a kingdom into a league of duchies, with the ruling houses of each mostly descended from him. He also sealed away Durandal in a cave near Ostia, shielded by Bramimond's seal. When he died, his spirit continued to linger with the Durandal in its enshrinement in the cavern, along with that of Georg and other warriors once in his service.

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

Portrait roland fe07.png

Role

980 years after the Scouring, the Durandal shrine received its first visitors since Roland's death: Eliwood of Pherae, one of Roland's many distant descendants, guided by his former comrade Athos. Having convinced Bramimond to unseal the Divine Weapons, the two had come to claim Durandal in order to gain the power necessary to combat Nergal and avert the return of dragons to the world. After Eliwood defeated Georg and the other spirit guardians of the cavern, Athos called upon Roland's dormant spirit to awaken and appear before them, which he did. Athos introduced Eliwood as one of Roland's descendants, explained their predicament and requested his strength in combating the threat. Having no physical form anymore, Roland decided to channel his soul into Durandal to enhance its power; when Athos pointed out that it would cause him to die and pass on from the world permanently, Roland expressed that if it were to help his descendants, he would be glad to do it. Roland did so, freeing the Durandal for Eliwood's use, and his spirit permanently left the world.

Quotes

I feel much time has passed. Seeing you again... It brings back memories. Fighting the dragons... Old friends... All this time, lost in memory...
— Roland, to Athos

Trivia

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Roland From Roland, the foremost of the Twelve Peers of Charlemagne, and the main hero of the Frankish epic La Chanson de Roland, in which he wields the Durandel.
Japanese ローラン Roland
Spanish Roland As above.
French Roland As above.
German Roland As above.
Italian Roland As above.

References

  1. "Jahn: However, the humans soon found out about the Demon Dragon. They concluded that their numbers alone would not be enough to defeat us. Therefore, they put their efforts into constructing powerful weapons that would pierce our scales. They are what you call the Divine Weapons.
    Roy: That part is the same as our legends...
    Jahn: The most powerful and potent were chosen out of the humans to wield their newly crafted weapons.
    " — Jahn and Roy, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  2. "Roy: So this is the Durandal... It's bigger than I thought. I don't think many of us are going to be able to swing it.
    Lilina: But history has it that Roland was a small man. I think it's the person's skill that determines whether he can use it or not.
    " — Roy and Lilina, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  3. "There's also another story behind the Durandal. After the Scouring ended, Roland returned to his hometown of Ostia. He then raised Durandal high above his head, and the land that had been trampled upon during the war suddenly bloomed with life again." — Lilina, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  4. "Long ago, in the depths of this cavern... When Lycia was a single country, an altar was built." — Athos, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Project Characters.png This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Playable characters AlenAstoreBathBartreBorsCathCeciliaChadClarineDayanDieckDorothyDouglasEkhidnaElenElphinFaeFirGarretGeeseGonzalezGwendolynHughIgreneJodelJunoKarelKleinLalumLanceLilinaLotLughMarcusMerlinusMiladyNiimeNoahOgierPercevalRaighRoyRutgerSaulShannaSinSophiaSueTheaTrecWadeWoltZelotsZeiss
Non-playable characters EliwoodGuinivereHectorMaryMordred
Trial Map characters BrunnyaEliwoodGalleGuinivereHectorMurdockNarcianZephiel
Bosses ArcardoBrakulBrunnyaChanDamasDebiasDoryEinErikFlaerGalleGuerreroHenningIdennKabulKelKudokaJahnLeganceMaggieMarralMartelMonkeMorganMurdockNarcianNordOatesOrloPeresRaithRandyRoartzRobertsRoseRuudScollanScottSiguneSlaterThorilTickWagnerWindhamZephielZinque
The Eight Legends AthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ApocalypseArmadsAureolaBinding BladeDurandalEckesachsForblazeMaltetMulagirRapierSaint's Staff
Chapters Tutorial • 1: Breath of Destiny • 2: The Princess of Bern • 3: Latecomer's Sorrow • 4: Crumbling League • 5: Fire Emblem • 6: Ensnared • 7: The Ostian Revolt • 8: Reunion • 8x: The Blazing Blade • 9: The Misty Isles • 10A: Western Resistance • 11A: The Hero of the West • 10B: Amidst a Struggle • 11B: Flight Toward Freedom • 12: The True Enemy • 12x: The Thunder Axe • 13: Rescue Mission • 14: Arcadia • 14x: The Infernal Truth • 15: The Dragon Child • 16: Storming the Capital • 16x: The Glorious Ascension • 17A: Ocean's Parting • 18A: The Frozen River • 19A: Bitter Cold • 20A: Ilia's Salvation • 20Ax: The Freezing Lance • 17B: The Bishop's Teachings • 18B: The Laws of Sacae • 19B: Battle in Bulgar • 20B: The Silver Wolf • 20Bx: The Bow of Swift Wind • 21: The Binding Blade • 21x: The Elder Revelation • 22: An Undying Dream • 23: The Ghosts of Bern • 24: Legends and Lies • Final: Beyond the DarknessTrial Maps
Locations ElibeBern (Dragon SanctuaryShrine of Seals) • Etruria (Aquleia) • IliaLycia (AraphenLausOstiaPheraeThria) • Missur (ArcadiaNabata) • Sacae (BulgarTaras) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Disturbance of BernEnding WinterFire EmblemGenerals of EtruriaThe ScouringWar Dragons
Related topics Fire Emblem: Hasha no TsurugiName chart • Other games (Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Playable characters AthosBartreCanasDartDorcasEliwoodErkFarinaFioraFlorinaGeitzGuyHarkenHawkeyeHeathHectorIsadoraJaffarKarelKarlaKentLegaultLouiseLowenLuciusLynMarcusMatthewMerlinusNilsNinianNinoOswinPentPriscillaRathRavenRebeccaRenaultSainSerraVaidaWallaceWil
Non-playable characters AenirAeshaBramimondDesmondElbertEleanoraEphidelFaeFargusGuinivereHannahHassarHausenHelmanJahnJakeJanKishunaLeilaLilinaMadelynMurdockNatalieRoySophiaUtherZephiel
Bosses AionBattaBaukerBernardBeyardBoiesBoolBrendanBugCameronCarjigaDamianDarinDenningDragonEaglerErikEubansFargusGeorgGlassGroznyiHeintzJasmineJermeKaimKennethKishunaLimstellaLinusLloydLundgrenMaximeMigalNergalOlegPascalPaulPuzonSealenSoniaTeodorUhaiUrsulaVaidaWireYogiZaganZoldamZugu
Eight Legends AthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ArmadsAureolaBasilikosDurandalEreshkigalExcaliburForblazeGespenstLuceMani KattiRapierRegal BladeRex HastaRienflecheSol KattiWolf Beil
Chapters Lyn's Tale Prologue: A Girl from the Plains • 1: Footsteps of Fate • 2: Sword of Spirits • 3: Band of Mercenaries • 4: In Occupation's Shadow • 5: Beyond the Borders • 6: Blood of Pride • 7: Siblings Abroad • 7x: The Black Shadow • 8: Vortex of Strategy • 9: A Grim Reunion • 10: The Distant Plains
Eliwood's Tale 11: Taking Leave • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Noble Lady of Caelin • 16: Whereabouts Unknown • 16x: The Port of Badon • 17: Pirate Ship • 18: The Dread Isle • 18x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19: Dragon's Gate •20: New Resolve • 21: Kinship's Bond • 22: Living Legend • 22x: Genesis • 23: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 24: Unfulfilled Heart • 25: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 26: Battle before Dawn • 26x: Night of Farewells • 27: Cog of Destiny • 28: Valorous Roland • 29: Sands of Time • 29x: Battle Preparations • 30: Victory or Death • Final: Light (part 1part 2)
Hector's Tale 11: Another Journey • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Talons Alight • 16: Noble Lady of Caelin • 17: Whereabouts Unknown • 17x: The Port of Badon • 18: Pirate Ship • 19: The Dread Isle • 19x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19x pt 2: A Glimpse in Time • 20: Dragon's Gate • 21: New Resolve • 22: Kinship's Bond • 23: Living Legend • 23x: Genesis • 24: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 25: Crazed Beast • 26: Unfulfilled Heart • 27: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 28: Battle before Dawn • 28x: Night of Farewells • 29: Cog of Destiny • 30: The Berserker • 31: Sands of Time • 31x: Battle Preparations • 32: Victory or Death • 32x: The Value of Life • Final: Light (part 1part 2)
Locations ElibeBern (Shrine of Seals) • EtruriaIliaLycia (AraphenCaelinCornwellKhatheletLausOstiaPherae) • Nabata Desert (Arcadia) • Sacae (Bulgar) • Valor (Dragon's Gate) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Black Fang (Four Fangs) • Fire EmblemGenerals of EtruriaMorphsQuintessenceThe Scouring
Related topics List of regional version differencesName chart • Other games (The Binding Blade) • Pre-release information (Prototype build 0205Prototype build 0219Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline