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|“||It's a fact that Ilia couldn't survive without war. We are giving our own blood as well to survive.||”|
— Zelots to Noah in a support conversation.
Zelots (Japanese: ゼロット Zelots) is a playable paladin in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade who first appears in Chapter 7. He is the lord of Edessa and the leader of a mercenary squad who are hired by Lord Hector of Ostia to help Lycia in the war against Bern.
Zelots is the lord of Edessa, the headquarter of the renowned Ilian mercenary squads. He leads himself a small band and, at some point shortly before the game's events, is hired by Lord Hector to help Lycia in the war against Bern. However, they do not manage to join the Lycian army before Hector's fall, and they end up stuck in the city of Ostia. Zelots turns down General Legance's offers and stays loyal to his convictions, hoping to join forces with Roy. He and his group do so during the battle between the loyalists and the rebels, and they work for Roy for the rest of the war.
When Roy's forces, known by then as the Etrurian Army, reach Edessa, Zelots discovers that his own castle has been taken by General Murdock of Bern and that his wife, Juno, has become a hostage. He and his sisters-in-law, Shanna and Thea, go to free her, only to find that Juno had already decided to fight alongside the Etrurian army. Working together, they defeat Roartz, who had hidden in the castle, and later lead Roy to where Maltet, the Divine Weapon of Barigan, lies.
Once Bern is defeated and the war is over, Zelots returns to Ilia. Eventually, he manages to unify the lands and becomes the first king of the nation.
Starting stats and growth rates
Zelots is a prepromoted paladin who joins in chapter 7 on turn 2. Because of the awkward position he joins in it is quite difficult to keep both Zelots and Treck alive. Zelots can be considered the second Jagen type unit alongside Marcus, having similar bases and growths to him. Zelots however has a higher sword and axe rank allowing him to use halberds, hammers and killing edges at base. Thanks to his class he has 8 move, canto and control over the weapon triangle making him an excellent combat unit for this part of the game and giving him amazing utility.
Unfortunately, similarly to Marcus, Zelots also drops off badly during the Western Isles arc if Lance or Alen have been promoted, as they cover his utility as a paladin. Zelots can still function well as a filler unit in this circumstance due to his aforementioned paladin utility, but will likely have a hard time keeping up with other trained units and will be of little use in maps like chapter 14. If you are holding on to your Knight Crest to promote at level 20 or used it on Bath or Bors, he has a much better time. Zelots can serve the same function Marcus did in Lycia, acting as a great tank and weakening enemies so your other units can get the kill.
Similar to the other prepromoted paladin, Marcus, Zelots' utility, weapon levels and bases will make him a strong unit when he joins, but due to his awful growths he will drop off and likely be outclassed by other trained up cavaliers and Perceval. However, Zelots' performance in the earlygame is not to be understated and he will still likely find more use than most units in the Binding Blade.
Personality and character
Zelots' personality is defined by his work. He is a proud soldier of Ilia, and quite aware of how his homeland's future depends on each mercenary's behavior and exploits. However, as a good leader, he does not romanticize war and mercenary work, telling his men that, even if they have more experience on war than most of their new comrades, they should be prepared for the worst. In his supports with Noah, it is revealed that, despite some of his men are working for Bern now, he does not think badly of them because of it. This strict yet caring attitude towards his men makes him a father in their eyes; several of their last will-letters are addressed to him.
He shows a more hesitant attitude as a family man. He suggests Juno to return home to take care of their baby, but can only offer weak objections to Juno's arguments against it. On a lighter note, he gives in easily to Shanna's questions about his romance with Juno, but does not manage to make his sister-in-law to tell her own experiences.
- Main article: Zelots/Supports
Zelots, Leader of Knights
Short: Returned home and helped rebuild Ilia.
Long: Zealot returned to Ilia, where he worked to rebuild the ruined land. He eventually united the Knights' Union of Ilia into the Kingdom of Ilia, and he left his name in history as the nation's first king.
|“||Well... It's like this, then...||”|
|“||Now, Ilia will know peace...||”|
— In the final chapter.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Zelots is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Zelots|
|General of the Ilian Knights, Zelots|
|"Alright. We mercenary knights of Ilia shall join the fray as well!"|
|Attack: 70||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 4|
|Class: Paladin||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|Devoted Commander: [Always] During your turn, this unit gains +10 attack per other ally.|
Uniter of the Mercenary Knights: [Activate] [Tap 1 ally] Choose 1 ally, and move them.
|Card #B21-077HN • Artist: Megumi Nagahama|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Jerrot .
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|Unofficial romanization; see the Japanese name and also used in the previous patch.|
Used in gringe's patch. Jerrot is a name meaning "brave with the spear", a fitting name considering his starting proficiency in lances.
|Japanese||ゼロット||Romanized as Zelots in the Fire Emblem Museum website.* It may come from Zelotes, a Greek name, which means "zealous".|
- "Zelots: We are members of the proud Ilian Mercenary Knights. This is a battle that will determine the world's fate... And to us, that isn't all. The reputation of the Ilian Mercenary Knights will be determined by our actions and how we fight in this battle. That shall have a great impact on the future of Ilia, and thus..." — Zelots and Trec's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Noah: ...General Zelots.
Zelots: Is it about the letter? Have you changed your mind?
Noah: Yes. I suppose even I have someone I want to send a letter to when I die. If I die, I want you to read my letter." — Zelots and Noah's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Noah: No. I just thought that something had happened.
Zelots: I see... ...A letter arrived today. It was your comrade's...Grant's will." — Zelots and Noah's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Zelots: I don't think it's a good idea to leave a newborn baby to someone else. You should go back home and take care of her...
Juno: It's all right. I've entrusted her to a very good friend of mine.
Zelots: But you're her mother.
Juno: I'm fighting because I'm her mother. I want to raise her in a peaceful time without war.
Juno: I might have told you this before, but it would be impossible to find a completely safe place until we end this war.
Zelots: Well, that's true..." — Zelots and Juno's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Zelots: But you had to go out and fight...
Juno: Oh? Don't you like my flightleader outfit?
Zelots: Of course I do! But...
Juno: Then there's no problem. You'll be seeing a lot of it from now on.
Zelots: What! Do you mean...
Juno: Yes. I will fight alongside you as well.
Zelots: No! No no no. You retired long ago. So just leave the fighting to us...
Juno: Even after I retired, I had to fight anyway. Zelots, there is no safe place in the world any more." — Chapter 20A, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Zelots: ...You won't let me go, will you?
Shanna: But I'm family to you. I want to know about my relatives...
Zelots: Hm... All right, I suppose. ...We first met in battle in Etruria. Juno's pegasus squad was hired by our enemy side." — Zelots and Shanna's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Zelots: By the way... What about you? Do you have someone in mind?
Shanna: Sorry, that's a secret!
Zelots: W-What? After making me confess that much, you're not telling me?
Shanna: We're family. Family members have to have some secrets!
Zelots: W-Wait, Shanna..." — Zelots and Shanna's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|