“I am ashamed... I am ashamed that I cannot properly help the children, despite being a knight of Freege. Hundreds of children are being captured and sent to the Imperial capital daily, but all I can do is rescue a handful of them.”
Amalda (アマルダ Amaruda) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. She is an honorable general of Freege who is strongly opposed to the child hunting. She struggles to decide whether or not she should rebel against her superiors due to their connections with the Loptyrian Cult, which is behind the child hunting. Her greatest fear is being branded a traitor. She seems to have a low opinion of herself, as seen in her death quote, in which she refers to herself as a "blood-covered murderer" and says that the way in which she is dying is fitting for her. She also looks to Sleuf for guidance, and this ultimately leads her to join Leif's army.
She is first seen helping a village that is being attacked by bandits in Chapter 15, in which she is an allied NPC. If the player takes the Lunar route, she is seen again in Chapter 17, where she is an unrecruitable enemy leading a group of cavaliers against the player. She is also holding the Blaggi scroll at this time. She is not seen again until Chapter 19, in which she fights against Leif's army until Sleuf speaks to her and recruits her into Leif's army.
Note that she has no supports.
Amalda is a versatile unit that requires virtually no investment on the part of the player to fulfill at least some role in the player's army. She has reasonable stats all around, an A rank in swords to compensate for her fairly poor strength, and access to staves. Because she starts with a C rank in staves late in the game, she will likely never be able to use Warp, but will probably be able to wield status staves by the endgame all the same. Additionally, her Move is abnormally high, allowing her to keep up both outdoors and indoors.
Unlike most Pre-Promoted units, Amalda will not fall by the wayside even if the player's strongest mainstays have vastly surpassed her stats. She has a Leadership Star, which, along with her access to staves, is one of her main selling points.
Amalda can patch up her poor strength using the Noba and Hezul scrolls. This will have the added effect of giving her a 100% HP growth and a slight boost to speed and defense, though at the cost of her luck and magic, two stats she doesn't really need much (if any) improvement in. Also, as with virtually any unit, she could benefit significantly from the Dain scroll.
“It's all right... This is how...a blood-covered murderer like me...should die...”
—Amalda's death quote
“I'm sorry, I'll retreat first...”
—Amalda's escape quote
As a NPCEdit
As an enemyEdit
“The castle is in danger... ...All troops, retreat to the castle! Don't lag behind the rebels!”
—Amalda's quote when a playable unit passes the gate, Chapter 17B
“What... What am I doing here...”
—Amalda's battle quote, Chapter 17B
“So I have to keep living this nightmare...”
—Amalda's quote if she is captured and released, Chapter 17B
“Withdraw your blade! There is no need to die for nothing!”
—Amalda's battle quote, Chapter 19
“What... What am I doing...”
—Amalda's quote if she is captured and released, Chapter 19
Amalda: Thank you for taking care of the children.
Bishop: Of course. The Empire wouldn't bother sending troops to a small village like this tucked away in the mountains. I will protect the children with my life. But what about you, Lady Amalda? If the Empire finds out about this, you will be in danger...
Amalda: I am ashamed... I am ashamed that I cannot properly help the children, despite being a knight of Freege. Hundreds of children are being captured and sent to the Imperial capital daily, but all I can do is rescue a handful of them. I keep trying to convince his Majesty to reconsider, but to no avail... And here I am, leading my troops on a mission that I disagree with. I simply don't know what I should do...
Sleuf: Lady Amalda, I understand your hardship. However, you mustn't be rash.
Amalda: But, Father Sleuf... I...
Sleuf: If we lose you, that would mean losing the children who could be saved otherwise.
Amalda: Yes...I know. Thank you... I must be off now.
Palman: General Amalda, what is an individual like you doing defending the rear gate? Did something happen?
Amalda: My opinions seem to have angered Count Gustav...
Palman: Ah, the child hunting. Have you argued with him again?
Amalda: Count Gustav is kidnapping children from this area to sacrifice to Loptyr, even without the king's orders. Do you think that is forgivable?
Palman: Now, now, Lady Amalda... I understand how you feel, but Emperor Arvis himself has approved of the child hunting. Sooner or later, all the children in this area will be sent to the Imperial capital. Just you protesting on your own won't make a difference.
Amalda: Why is this happening! I had faith in Lord Arvis... I became a general to be able to serve him. What has happened to him...?
“Protecting my troops is my duty... But...is this right...? Please tell me, Father Sleuf... What must I do...?”
—Amalda's quote at the beginning of Chapter 19
Talk with SleufEdit
Sleuf: Lady Amalda, please withdraw your blade. It is me, Sleuf.
Amalda: Father Sleuf... What are you doing here?
Sleuf: I have come for you, my lady. The Liberation Army is waiting for you.
Amalda: Are you telling me to betray my country? I can't do that, Father Sleuf... I wouldn't be suffering like this if I could.
Sleuf: Lady Amalda, a nation isn't the personal property of the king and nobility. If they have been misled, it is the knight's duty to see to it that their paths be corrected. Are you going to let your country do wrong for fear of being labeled a traitor?
Amalda: No... But when I think about what will happen to my troops...
Sleuf: ...You are a kind lady. However, what they do is up to them. You should follow your own heart more freely.
Amalda: ...Very well, Father Sleuf. I will join the Liberation Army. I will rescue the kidnapped children! That is my only wish!
Amalda - The Despairing Knight (なやめる女騎士 Na yameru on'na kishi)
Amalda returned to Freege and helped rebuild their land. With most of the Freeges defeated in Northern Thracia, they had lost much of their power as a nation. However, with Amalda and other people's hard work, Freege slowly began to regain their former glory.