“We swore to each other that we would live and die together, Lord Leif… Was that an empty vow? I still remember it. And I've chosen to aid you as much as I can.”
— Asbel to Leif
Asbel hails from the free city of Frest, but remains temporarily in Manster as a member of the Magi Squad after he was separated from Leif in Tahra three years before the year of 776, during which the city was overrun by imperial troops. He is characterized by a determined, loyal, and plucky attitude as he refused to give up on looking for Leif despite losing contact for several years, and subsequently reaffirming his vow to reclaim Thracia together with Leif after meeting him again.
He can be recruited in Chapter 4x by having Leif speak to him while he is a NPC unit, or by letting him talk to Leif. He starts out as a low-leveled Mage, but can promote to the Sage class with a Knight Proof after reaching Level 10, at the least.
The Illustrated Timeline states that Asbel first met and befriended Leif during the year 766 when they were both still young children. Leif, who was seeking respite from the Empire, came to stay in the city under the protection of its bishop, who was Asbel’s father at the time. For two years, Leif was able to hide in the city until the citizens themselves informed the empire where the prince was, which forced Leif to flee to Tahra next. Asbel fled along with Leif, though his father stayed behind to give the others enough time to escape. He was subsequently captured and executed.
Afterward, Asbel was separated from Leif in Tahra three years ago when the prince escaped with Finn and Nanna to Fiana. Despite this, he persisted in searching for Leif ever since they had made an important promise to reclaim Thracia together, though he ended up in Manster after losing track of Leif’s whereabouts. At some point after these events he met Ced, who presumably taught him the basics of magic, including how to wield the powerful Grafcalibur. During this time, Asbel began to accompany Ced as a member of the Magi Squad and aided him however he could despite his inexperience; nonetheless, he also kept an eye out for Leif, who he was looking for to fulfill their promise. During their time spent together, Asbel develops profound respect for Ced to the extent of reverence and admired him deeply as well, being grateful to the Silessean prince for teaching him so much.
He is first seen with Ced in Chapter 4x, where he assists his mentor in releasing the captured children from their cells in a dungeon to prevent the Loptyrian Cult from sacrificing them. When he learns from Ced that Leif has been imprisoned in the castle as well, he hastens to find his friend again, leaving Ced after assurances that they would see each other again in Manster after the war ends. He then joins Leif’s efforts to liberate Thracia again, devoting all of his own efforts to bring their dream to fruition. Subsequently, he stays by Leif’s side, sharing his pain and supporting him as best he can.
When the liberation wars finally end, Asbel returns to his hometown of Frest and assumes his father's place as the bishop. After a few years, he becomes known throughout the continent as a famed sage.
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As the first magic-user who joins in Thracia 776, Asbel starts off extremely frail and weak, but can easily become a valuable asset to the team after being trained. At first, Asbel will have trouble doubling and killing enemies because tomes directly subtract their weight from the Attack Speed. Because of this, it is recommended to give him the Sety scroll to early on to guarantee a speed increase every level-up as well as to slightly boost his magic. He will quickly snowball to become one of the team's most potent nukes and bosskillers. He should be promoted as soon as possible in order to reap the benefits of Sage's massive promotion bonuses.
Asbel's personal weapon, the Grafcalibur, gives him a tremendous edge in combat due to its low weight and high critical rate. Combined with Asbel’s own PCC of 3, this lets him guarantee a critical hit on his second attack. Due to Asbel's shaky start, the player should not be afraid to use it to help him get kills early on. It is also a great weapon for bosskilling, as it lets Asbel easily kill most bosses in a single round of combat.
The player should be cautious in their placement of Asbel on the field as well, as he has low HP and Defense. He may also have trouble against bosses with Master weapons, as they can kill him in a single round. His supports from Leif and, later, Ced, will help him with his avoid and accuracy, so staying in range of them will benefit him greatly. He can also be given the Life Ring to make him less easily killed by the stronger bosses.
“Lord Leif… Please save…Thracia…”
—Asbel's death quote
“Lord Leif, I shall be waiting for you up ahead. Please be careful!”
Asbel - Follower of the Winds (風に導かれた少年 Kaze ni michibika reta shōnen)
Asbel stayed at Leif’s side and shared his pain throughout the Liberation Wars. After that, he returned to his hometown of Frest and took his father’s place as bishop. Several years later, his name reached the four corners of the continent as the Great Sage Asbel.
Asbel is illustrated in the trading card game with the following cards:
- According to the unused NPC data in Thracia 776, a playable character known as Gunna was originally created to be Asbel's grandfather. He is a Bishop of the free city Frest and mentions Asbel in his death quote. Despite this, Asbel's ending only states that he returned to Frest to take his father's place as the bishop of the city, but does not mention his grandfather.