This post is part of my ongoing translations of the Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Memorial Book: Tellius Recollection (Vol 1).
This post is a character profile of Zihark (page 106) that was done/prioritized by request!
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Original scans/Japanese are not posted, but are available by request.
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Class: Myrmidon / Swordmaster
Hobby: Polishing swords
Talent: Sword maintenance
Finds Important: Memories of his loved one
Likes: His former lover
Dislikes: Beorc who discriminate against Laguz
Apparent Age (Designed): 22
A swordsman from Daein. He disagrees with the public opinion in Daein which is in favor of oppressing the Laguz. He enlisted in a “sub-human hunting vigilante group” with the intention of secretly aiding the Laguz. His deep emotional attachment with Laguz comes from a relationship he shared with a female Laguz a long time ago. She eventually died, leaving a deep hole in his heart, as can be discerned through conversations with Brom and Muarim.
He found a chance to leave the vigilante group and become a member of the Greil Mercenaries after meeting Lethe.
- “Begnion” is not a translation mistake, it is stated in the book. Despite Zihark’s in-depth profile saying he is of Daein. The reason for this is because those profiles are taken from the original character profiles, where as the game notes are from the final version. Therefore, it is possible Zihark was originally from Begnion, but adjusted to be from Daein in the final product.
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Thank you for your effort in translating this! I’m curious about the contradiction from “Origin: Begnion” and “A swordmaster from Daein” – all the in-game information hinted strongly he was a Daein native (particularly in RD). Could it be possible that’s a typo in the original artbook, or a tell-tale hint that his birth-country was different than the one he grew up in? Would love to hear your thoughts!
Hello! That discrepancy comes from what I wrote on a different pose (translated from the book, but should include on this page too):
The top block contains “Race/Class/Affinity/Origin.” This is information that can be found in game. Character ages that had been confirmed (at the start of Path of Radiance) are also noted. “Apparent Designed Ages” are ages that were noted in design documents as a rough approximation of how old a character appears, but are by no means an absolute age for the character.
The bottom block contains “Hobby/Talent/Finds Important/Likes/Dislikes” of a character. These are all taken from design documents of the characters themselves. As such, they may contain information that is not really in the main game itself, or include slight differences [from the final product]. Do not assume the profiles to be absolute, either. It is more that we wished to capture a broad “essence” of a character [rather than set it in stone]. For example, in Ike’s case, he may love meat, but there could be days where he wants to eat fish too. Likewise, though his father is dear family to him, there are times where he may disagree or feel frustrated by him.”
So basically, he was probably originally meant to be from Begnion based on that profile, but then they ended up making him come from Daein : )