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 Ashnard (P. 96-97). There is just one more profile left!
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Class: King Daein
Finds Important: A strong enemy
Likes: Life or death battles
Dislikes: Stagnant peace
Apparent Age (Designed): 40
The 13th King of Daein.
A distant successor to the former king, Ashnard is known to have beat all odds and climbed the ranks to become king through his health and prowess alone –as far as his generals knew anyway. The reality of his “good fortune” (that all the heirs to the throne in front of him had died from illness 18 years ago) was that Ashnard had taken full advantage of this “illness” to cast his rival heirs into oblivion. Though his cunning background is one of the reasons that led to success in rank, he is more infamous for his great combat skill, the black dragon he rides, and the cursed weapon Gurgurant he wields that grants him the strength of a thousand men. All of this has earned him the title of “Mad King.” He enjoys fighting on the front line with his army, and quite blatantly displays his disregard for the value of strategy, such as when he throws away the Daein capital of Nevassa.
He is quite cruel due to his firm belief that “the weak perish and the strong live on.” However, this same philosophy enabled many people of common or oppressed backgrounds to rise up and become royal knights under his leadership –judged solely by strength alone. It is how people like the Black Knight (with an unknown background), Petrine (one of the “branded”), Ena (a dragon-tribe laguz), and Bertram (seemingly insane) could all band together in one elite group. However, when it comes to laguz, one of Daein’s chief founding principles was the rejection of the “sub-humans” and so they were mostly subjected to be used solely for their fighting strength. This led to the creation of the unnatural “feral ones” –twisted laguz that were unable to return to a human form.
The final act of the “Mad King’s War” saw Ashnard utilize the “medallion of blue flames” and clash with Ike who wielded the holy sword Ragnell. At that time, Ashnard showed that he could manage to control the power of the medallion’s sealed dark god Yune through sheer force of will alone –making him an even bigger threat. After all the fighting, the scars of Ashnard’s brutal military rule remained quite visible through the lands he painted with blood and tears. However, there is no doubt that he was a remarkable beorc with historical significance. There was one from deep within the shadows of Tellius’s history that likely took note of this and manipulated Ashnard’s attributes and qualities to their own ends.