This post is part of my ongoing translations of the Fire Emblem Echoes Shadows of Valentia Memorial Book: Valentia Accordion project.
Please note these posts may contain spoilers for those who have not completed the game.
Today’s page was helpfully translated by Ree, who goes by mystletainn on tumblr. She is also known as @theogcamus on twitter.
You can find every scan/translation I’ve done on this book so far on the compilation post.
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A general of Rigel. His father, who died young, was Emperor Rudolf’s younger brother, making Berkut nephew to Rudolf. As a child, he was so timid that even riding a horse would make him cry. But, his mother raised him strictly so that he would not be teased for not having a father and so that he would become a great man worthy of becoming the next emperor. As a result, he developed his ideology that the nobility must take pride in one’s lineage and strength. His mother passed away before Berkut reached adulthood, so Rinea has taken her place in his heart as his support.
Both his view of Emperor Rudolf as a surrogate father figure and his interest in devoting himself to the military came from his strong desire to be recognized as the next emperor. When he initiates the invasion of Zofia, he tries to destroy the Deliverance by taking the Zofian knight Fernand captive, but fails. He retreats to Rigel only to once again lose to Alm’s army at the border –and is greatly wounded by the resulting criticism. He tries to restore his honor by participating in the battle at Rigel Castle, but Rudolf forbids it.
Discovering that Alm is Emperor Rudolf’s true son, and that his ambitions and everything he has done is meaningless, he falls into despair. His heart twists and breaks, and he “offers” Rinea –the closest thing to his heart –to Duma. With power acquired from Duma, he challenges Alm again, but is defeated. Regretting his foolishness, he entrusts the future of Valentia to Alm and departs peacefully for a world alongside the spirit of his beloved Rinea.
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