This post is part of my ongoing translations of the Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Memorial Book: Tellius Recollection (Vol 2).
This post features the very well known Ike, a returning main character from Path of Radiance.
His Path of Radiance profile can be seen here.
You can find every translation I’ve done on this book so far on the compilation post here!
Enjoy! See some translator’s notes below.
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- Translating the part with Soren was tricky. The exact Japanese line for the last part says: “セネリオに対する親愛を新たにした。” Though my translation is not exactly wrong, it is written in a way that can be interpreted in many ways (Lit: His deep affection for Soren was restored, but can also be deep admiration, and “toward” or “face to face,” etc).
- They make it sound like he disappeared into thin air, disappearing without a trace. Which he did, technically, but more in the journeying sort. Whether or not that is the same in the Japanese version may warrant some investigation though!
Class: Hero > Vanguard
Origin: Crimea (But born in Gallia)
A Hero who serves as commander of the Greil Mercenaries. His father Greil was the previous commander. Mist is his younger sister.
He was one of the leading figures in Crimea’s restoration during the Mad King’s War, having faced off with the “Mad King” Ashnard of Daein and his army. The new Queen Elincia had granted him a court title and land in recognition of his distinguished service in the war. However, Ike disliked being caught up in the politics and in-fighting between the other nobles and renounced his title to return to a life of simplicity with the other mercenaries. Soon after this, he was contacted by Bastian, Count of Fayre, about rumors of a rebellion against Queen Elincia. Bastian had told him that in preparation to counter this with an ambush, Ike and his crew would have to seemingly abandon their homeland of Crimea and go into hiding.
Ike barely has traces of the boy he was just three years ago, both in body and spirit. He has matured and grown considerably, with people who meet him often remarking on his resemblance to his late father. Though there are many women who love his distinct masculine features and personality, Aimee (the Vendor) especially seems head-over-heels for him to the point she attempts to woo him.
Ike shares deep ties with the laguz. So deep were these ties that he decided to join the side of the Laguz Alliance in an all-out war with the powerful Begnion Empire.
Ike shows a warrior side of himself –one who enjoys fighting strong warriors as it gets his heart racing. This is shown when Ranulf reveals to him that the Black Knight still lives. Rather than express what may be normally expected with such a revelation (grief or sorrow), he instead is filled with a strong sense of anticipation. After countless life or death battles against the Black Knight (revealed to be Zelgius), he is finally able to defeat him in a proper duel. At that moment, Ike shows a deep sense of gratitude. He admits that while Zelgius was his enemy and father’s killer, he was also a teacher of sorts who guided him. He recognized that his skill with a blade was rugged and unpolished right after he lost his father, and it was only through his countless clashes with the Black Knight that he was able to polish his skills and the secret art of “Aether.” In the end, Ike was the wielder of both the divine twin blades –Ragnell, from his father, and Alondite, from Zelgius –mementoes from both his teachers.
Ike’s heroic tale intertwined with the truths surrounding Micaiah and her own tale, with the former’s story having come to an end in the backdrop of the latter’s. Micaiah witnessed young Ike’s memories of a certain event. She witnessed the tragic moment Ike’s father Greil went mad after touching Lehran’s Medallion and murdered Ike’s mother Elena. She then sees Lehran come across the young Ike, and, deciding that it would be too much trauma for a young boy to bear, he seals Ike’s memories. All of Ike’s memories surrounding that event –including when he met Soren –were buried deep down as a result. After regaining his memories, Ike comes to finally understand just why Soren had trusted him so much and remained by his side through thick and thin. His sense of just how dear Soren is to him is renewed.
After countless fierce battles, Goddess Yune blessed him with her divine power –which is where he truly ascended to become “The Radiant Hero.”
When it was all over, he disappeared without a trace and became a legend.