“I'm sorry, father... but hear what I have to say! How do you ever expect the citizens of Thracia to be content thriving off the blood and sweat of other nations? ...Your ways leave much to be desired, father.”
—Altena to Travant in Genealogy of the Holy War.
Altena (アルテナ Arutena, Altenna in the Japanese version) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War who makes several minor appearances in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. She is the daughter of Quan and Ethlyn, as well as the older sister of Leif. Being a direct descendant of Noba, she inherited the ability to wield the Gáe Bolg from Quan. From her mother's side, she is a descendant of Baldur. In addition, she is the granddaughter of Calf, Alfiona, and Vylon, the niece of Sigurd, and a cousin of Seliph.
At the age of three, Altena was kidnapped by Travant after his murders of her parents in the Yied Massacre. She was raised by Travant alongside his biological son, Areone, and eventually became a full-fledged Dragon Knight with the ability to wield the Gaé Bolg.
Altena is first seen when she receives orders from Travant to seize Manster, soon after the death of Bloom at the hands of Seliph's army. While she initially protests because she does not want to harm civilians, she reluctantly obeys and begins aiding Coruta in their mission. Once they reach the mountains south of Manster, Altena attempts to stop Coruta from fulfilling their orders, but he reveals to her that he was instructed to ignore her and proceeds to attack.
Later, during her mission to retake Mease Castle in Chapter 9, Altena encounters Leif, who reveals the truth of her heritage. When she looks into his eyes, she begins to believe him and decides to return to Thracia Castle to ask Travant for the truth. Once she learns the truth, she attempts to kill Travant, but she is interrupted by Areone, who knocks her out. Some time later, she regains consciousness and learns that Travant has died in battle against Seliph's army. Around this time, she attempts to convince Areone to call for a truce, but she ultimately fails and ends up defecting to Seliph's army, where she is placed in opposition to Areone.
In Chapter 10, Altena has a conversation with Leif in which he notices that she is in low spirits as a result of worrying about Areone and cheers her up. During the final battle, Altena encounters Areone once again and successfully convinces him to defect from Grannvale's services and fight alongside her.
In Thracia 776, she is introduced alongside Travant when they send an army to General Hannibal's mansion, thinking that it is occupied by bandits. Later, she arrives in Tahra to give Areone's Dragonpike to Dean, asking him to use it to protect Linoan in Areone's place. In Chapter 23, she appears as an enemy unit who cannot be recruited or defeated by the player. Once Coruta and his battalion begin their attack on Manster, Altena leaves the battlefield.
After the liberation war, Altena aids Leif in the reconstruction of the united Thracia Peninsula. It is mentioned in Thracia 776 that she is emotionally devastated as a result of the war, and for this reason, she is comforted by her loyal knight, Eda.
Altena is a kind and softhearted woman who shares her mother's brazen nature. In contrast to Areone, she is unwilling to go to any length to fulfill Travant's ambitions and instead openly opposes some of his plans, mainly when they involve inflicting harm upon innocent civilians. It is stated by Corpul that she has always been there for him like a mother. She and Areone are very close, and she is very reluctant to fight against him even after she learns the truth about her heritage.
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy WarEdit
In Chapter 9: For Whose Sake, speak to Altena with Leif before defeating Travant. She will then return and seek Seliph's audience.
Notes: Parent characters are assumed to be at Level 30 by the end of the First Generation. Unlike most female children, Altena inherits the equipment of her father, Quan, instead of her mother.
|Starting Class||Holy Blood|
|Dragon Knight|| Noba|
*Joins without Leadership
(With Holy Blood Bonuses)
Altena is the only playable Dragon Knight in the game, as well as the only flier in the second generation aside from Fee/Femina. In contrast to them, she is not particularly fast, despite her high Speed growth, but she has far superior Strength and Defense. While the Gaé Bolg gives her very high physical Attack (the highest in the game if she is holding the Power Ring), she is rather frail, due to her very poor Resistance and the prominence of enemy mages and archers/bow knights in the last two chapters. Like Shanan and Faval, she is a common target for Sleep Staves, which can make using her rather tedious at times, as she will need to be frequently cured by a healer.
She has a powerful set of skills, including Critical and Adept, and learns Pursuit upon her promotion to Dragon Master. This means that her offense will always be excellent, likely very close to the best among the physical attackers in the game. Because of her Resistance issues, it is recommended to give her the Barrier Sword as a second weapon (note that this can only be done if Laylea is recruited instead of Leen).
Depending on whether or not the player is concerned with Areone's survival in the Final Chapter, she will either see very little combat after his recruitment, or she can lead him into battle. The second option can provide the player with some useful bait (particularly the generic Dragon Knights, as the enemy will typically target them).
In Chapter 9, if Leif speaks to Altena, she will leave the battlefield, and can be recruited later on.
In Chapter 9, after Travant is defeated, Seliph may recruit Altena by speaking to her.
In Chapter 9, after Grutia Castle is captured, either Finn or Hannibal may speak to Altena, and she will gain three points of HP. Note that if one of them has initiated his respective conversation with her, the other will not be able to speak to her.
In Chapter 10, if Leif speaks to Altena, she will gain one point of Luck.
In Chapter 10, after Miletos Castle is captured, Corpul may speak to Altena, whereupon she will gain five points of Resistance.
In the Final Chapter, after Freege is captured and Areone makes his appearance, Altena may speak to him to turn him and his group into allied NPCs.
Altena is unable to fall in love with any of the other characters, and this is most likely because she is implied to be in love with Areone. Despite this, she is featured heavily the Jealousy system, often placing high in many of the male characters' priority lists.
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776Edit
- Stats may vary due to auto-leveling
- Cannot be defeated
*Enemy only, joins unequipped
—Altena's death quote
“Brother... Areone, my brother...”
—Altena's death quote as an enemy
- Much like Teeny, Altena will be recruited into Seliph's army even if she does not talk to him during her retreat from Thracia. She will be listed as an enemy NPC however, and cannot be controlled outside of your home castle.