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Vigarde is the ruler of the Grado Empire at the beginning of The Sacred Stones, and he is dubbed the stalwart Silent Emperor. At the start of the game, he unexpectedly launches an invasion against the Kingdom of Renais, which had been a longtime ally of the Grado Empire. Renais is taken by surprise and Grado seizes all of its territory, ultimately slaying King Fado and forcing his daughter, Eirika, to abandon him in his final moments alongside Seth. The attack comes as an utter surprise, because Vigarde's son, Prince Lyon, had been friends with Eirika and Ephraim, the heirs of Renais. Vigarde was also a peaceful man adored by his people—and yet, despite these circumstances, he mounted an invasion.
As the invasion of Renais progresses, Vigarde makes no effort to keep things under control, to the surprise of his generals. Brigands raid villages left and right, and the emperor does nothing to stop it. He also starts promoting soldiers of questionable morality. He makes Valter, Riev and Caellach generals in the Grado Army, and sends them to help Duessel, Glen and Selena with the invasion.
Vigarde's plan is revealed by Natasha when she manages to join and warn Eirika's group on behest of her deceased mentor. The emperor is branding people traitors and executing them to keep them silent, and his main objective is to destroy each nation's Sacred Stone. He also wants to capture Eirika and Ephraim. The reason is that they possess bracelets providing access to Renais's Sacred Stone. Despite protests from his original generals, Vigarde does not listen. It seems as if he is ignoring everything outside of the main goal – to destroy the Sacred Stones. He even brands Duessel a traitor for opposing his will and requests Selena to kill him.
The reason for Vigarde's change of behavior is revealed by Duessel to be related to the Dark Stone. The Dark Stone was a strange gemstone created by Prince Lyon and other mages of Grado, said to be more powerful than the Sacred Stones. After the Dark Stone was created, Emperor Vigarde's behavior changed. Myrrh later confirms that the Dark Stone would be capable of changing Vigarde completely, and that the process is irreversible.
Eventually, in Chapter 14 of Ephraim's route, Ephraim's counterattack against the Grado Empire reaches Grado Keep. In the throne room, Lyon and Vigarde talk about the situation, and Lyon expresses remorse related to Vigarde's death. This reveals that Vigarde had died before the invasion, and was resurrected with dark magic—the darkness sensed by Myrrh and related to the Dark Stone. The person who ordered the invasion of Renais and other nations on Magvel was a mere puppet. After this revelation, Lyon orders his resurrected father to defeat Ephraim's army before teleporting away. However, Vigarde fails to win the battle and is killed by Ephraim. He says nothing throughout the battle after Lyon leaves his side, and when he dies, his corpse disintegrates—showing that he has not truly been alive during the war.
In reality, Vigarde had died one year before he ordered the invasion of Renais. He died from an illness, which left his son, Prince Lyon, in despair. He decided to resurrect his father using the Sacred Stone of Grado, called the Fire Emblem, which had once been used to seal away the Demon King, Fomortiis. Vigarde's death was kept from the public while Lyon was putting the plan into motion. Eventually, Lyon managed to resurrect his father as a puppet by splitting the Fire Emblem into two parts—the Sacred Stone and the Dark Stone. He used the power of the Dark Stone to bring his father back to life, but without a will of his own. Then, he destroyed the Sacred Stone and declared that he would invade the other nations of Magvel. One year later, the resurrected Vigarde put his son's plan into motion, thus initiating the War of the Stones and all aforementioned events.
Chapter 14 (Ephraim), Easy/Normal Chapter 14 (Ephraim), Hard
Personality and character
Vigarde was known for being a kind ruler, and forged alliances with the other countries of Magvel, including Renais. He was also known for providing for the poor, despite their inability to repay him.
However, he was also known to be proud to a fault, and when Lyon and the other court mages foresaw a massive earthquake destroying Grado, Vigarde commanded them not to speak to anyone else about it. Despite Grado's alliance with Renais, Vigarde believed that a natural disaster that struck Grado alone would be Grado's problem alone. Even on his deathbed he berated Lyon for suggesting asking Renais for aid against the earthquake.
After his death, his son became frantic, searching for any way to bring his father back, and he eventually succeeded to an extent. The new Vigarde was nothing but a puppet, however, and was used to orchestrate the invasion of Renais by Lyon and Fomortiis.
— Vigarde, in The Sacred Stones.
— Vigarde, in The Sacred Stones.
Etymology and other languages
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Referred to in the internal files as "VIGARD".
- "The Grado Empire, ruled by Vigarde, the stalwart Silent Emperor." — Prologue, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Why would Grado invade? Emperor Vigarde is a man of peace. His people adore him. And you and Ephraim are friends with Prince Lyon, are you not? What could be behind this madness? Why is this happening..." — Tana to Eirika, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Duessel: Selena. Have you been back long? Tell me, how fares the campaign in Renais?
Selena: Signs of chaos abound. Brigands ride without fear, and the peasant's cries fill the air.
Duessel: Hmm... If Grado's troops do not enforce public order, the situation will only worsen. And still, His Majesty has given us no orders. Perhaps, just this once, I should take the lead...
Glen: What could His Majesty be thinking? Breaking our long-held alliance with Renais--invading without warning... He's never been this way before. He abhors violence.
Selena: ......" — Selena, Duessel and Glen, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "And have you noticed the recent promotions? Who are they are going to? Certainly not to the soldiers who have Grado's best interests at heart. I feel this invasion is the prelude to a much larger war. I feel as though His Majesty is no longer the man we knew him to be." — Glen to Duessel and Selena, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Seth: You're from Grado, aren't you?
Natasha: Yes... My name is Natasha. I was a servant of the people at Grado's Imperial Temple.
Eirika: Then why the trouble with the soldiers? Would you tell us your story?
Natasha: Of course... A few days past, my mentor was arrested without warning. They executed him. They said he as a traitor... But those were false accusations. The emperor had him killed--a holy man!--to keep him silent.
Seth: Keep him silent?
Natasha: Yes. My mentor told me with his final breath. The emperor plans to destroy the Sacred Stones." — Natasha, Seth and Eirika, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Eirika: The bracelets have such meaning...
Seth: Yes. And we are the only living souls who know the secret of the Stone of Renais. At least, that's what I was given to believe. And yet...
Eirika: Yet the Grado army has made it clear that they want me only for my bracelet.
Seth: Yes, quite clear at that... I don't know how, but Emperor Vigarde must have learned the secret somehow. And now, his troops pursue the bracelet, and we are no closer to knowing his motives.
Eirika: He would use the bracelets to unlock the Sacred Stone and destroy it in secret...
Seth: Perhaps." — Seth and Eirika, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Duessel: Your Majesty, you know that I will gladly lay down my life for an honorable cause! But these orders--and all of our recent actions--they are not just! If I saw in any way in which this invasion protected Grado, I would hold my tongue. But now, Renais is left ungoverned to drown in chaos, and we gain nothing! Why do you wage this war? What is it you hope to achieve? You've sent our men to fight and die for nothing! This isn't war--it's murder!
Vigarde: ...Duessel. This decision is ours to make. You have no voice in these matters.
Duessel: Punish me if you must, Your Majesty, but I implore you! Please rethink this!! If this continues, Grado will--
Vigarde: Duessel. Go to Frelia. Crush the Frelian army and he who leads them, Prince Ephraim.
Duessel: Your Majesty!
Vigarde: Have you gone deaf? Duessel. Go to Frelia. Crush the Frelian army and he who leads them, Prince Ephraim.
Duessel: ...... Yes, Your Majesty." — Vigarde and Duessel, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Selena: ...... ...Your Majesty. Will you allow me to ask you a question?
Selena: When Your Majesty saw fit to make me a general, you shared with me some words of wisdom. I remember the moment quite clearly. You told me the role of an imperial general is that of the shield, not the blade. We are here to protect our citizens, you said--not to threaten our neighbors. I have never forgotten your words, Your Majesty. I have held them to my breast. They govern my every action as general. Your Majesty, that sentiment is still alive, and--
Selena: ...... I humbly acknowledge your orders. Your Majesty... I am the empire's servant. I am Your Majesty's vassal. I am General Selena, the Fluorspar of the Grado Empire." — Vigarde and Selena, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Vigarde: Selena. Your orders.
Selena: I am ready, Your Majesty. In your service, I am prepared to do--
Vigarde: Duessel has left for Bethroen. Take a battalion and follow him.
Selena: Understood. When I arrive, I will place my troops at his disposal.
Vigarde: No... You will not. You will strike Duessel down.
Vigarde: Duessel is a traitor. He has abandoned his country and sided with Renais. The punishment for treason is death.
Selena: B-but... General Duessel, a traitor? That's just not possible! There must be a mistake...
Selena: No... I did not mean that you are mistaken, Your Majesty. But... but...
Vigarde: Selena. You have your orders. You will execute Duessel." — Vigarde and Selena, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Myrrh: Wait... You're from Grado? Tell me, has anyone around you-- Have you noticed any changed in the people around you recently?
Selena: Changes? What do you mean by that?
Myrrh: Anyone near you... Has anyone been transformed, either in spirit or demeanor? Does anyone act in such a way as to appear a different person altogether?
Selena: ...... How could you know...
Myrrh: The darkness is to blame. I've come here to stop it." — Myrrh and Selena, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Selena: Myrrh, this wave of dark energy you spoke of... Can its evil really change a person that completely?
Myrrh: Yes... All trace of this person would be consumed... destroyed.
Selena: How can this process be reversed?
Myrrh: ...I'm sorry. That is... impossible.
Selena: ...I see." — Myrrh and Selena, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Lyon: Father...
Lyon: Father... Have we been foolish? When you died, I couldn't accept the loss... I... If only I'd been stronger... Urgh!" — Lyon and Vigarde, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "One year ago, the emperor died of the illness that had plagued him. Prince Lyon was devastated. He fell into an endless despair. He felt unworthy to take the throne, unable to rule without his father. He then began to look for a way to overturn his father's demise. He wanted to resurrect him. [...] As you know, the Stone of Grado is possessed of...unique powers. It was once used to seal away the Demon King, and it alone held the dark one's soul. It burned within with the Demon King's rage, and we called it the Fire Emblem. Prince Lyon and a team of mages skilled in ancient lore hoped to harness its energies. I remember the joy in Prince Lyon's eyes when he spoke of using it to save lives. [...] Prince Lyon told us he intended to use the Fire Emblem to restore the emperor. His death had been kept from the public, but rumors were beginning to fly. We knew we had to hurry, before the people learned the truth of the emperor's death. Prince Lyon dedicated himself to research, skipping meals, foregoing sleep... And then... [...] I wasn't there, so I did not witness it firsthand. By the time I arrived, the deed had already been done. The Fire Emblem had been shattered, split in two. One was a Sacred Stone, and the other... [...] After that... His Majesty ordered the invasion of Renais, as Prince Lyon asked him to. Father MacGregor grew concerned with Prince Lyon's health. He tried several times to dissuade him from his path. Prince Lyon executed him personally. I, too, was branded a traitor and arrested. My execution was scheduled for tomorrow." — Knoll to Ephraim, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "...... His Majesty is most compassionate. You see, I'm a commoner. I was raised in a desolate, impoverished village. My family couldn't afford our taxes. No one could. We were desperate." — Selena to Myrrh, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "None but the mages and I know of the vision, as you ordered." — Lyon to Vigarde, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "You would ask Renais to rescue us from... a natural disaster? They would not help us... Grado's borders would overflow with starving refugees by the thousands. Renais would close her borders to us. It's only natural... Renais has a duty to protect herself." — Vigarde, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones