“I'm a spy. I go on secret missions to gather information, steal things, check on people...that kind of thing”
—Astolfo in Chapter 8: The Reunion
Astolfo met Hector for the first time when Astolfo tried to loot Castle Ostia. Astolfo was in the middle of stealing loot when Hector found him. Impressed by his skill, Hector hired him as a spy. He hastens back to the city upon news of Hector's death but is too late to stop a rebellion.
Some time before the events of the game, back when he was known as Gorlois, Astolfo was the husband of Igrene and had lived happily with her in Arcadia. However, his risky occupation as a spy forced him to abandon her years ago while repelling a bandit raid, as he did not wish to see her put through any danger on his account, thus "killing" the Gorlois identity. They also had a daughter; however, it can be assumed that Astolfo left before he could be made aware that Igrene was pregnant, as the child is never mentioned in any support conversations. In those, he is portrayed as an indirect war victim, having to abandon his wife to conceal her from the danger that comes from his work as a spy. Their daughter died early in her life.
After the war, he disappeared without a trace.
Sword - C
Of the three thieves, Astolfo leans the most toward defense. His stats in HP, Defense, and Resistance are easily the best of the three, and his high base speed is competitive with the growths of his competitors. While these traits are not generally associated with thieves, being tougher to kill means he is more likely to survive accomplishing tasks with his thief skills, which is his primary function.
Since there is no chance for thieves to promote in this installment of the series, they cannot advance past an unpromoted level of 20, making them ill suited for combat. However, using multiple thieves can often be a good idea, as this saves you time and turns when looting a castle, or grants extra visibility in a sandstorm.
- See also: Astolfo/Supports
Astolfo - Shadow of Ostia
After the war, Astolfo's name disappeared from the records. Legends say that he worked to rebuild Ostia, but nothing else about him is known.
Astolfo was one of the Paladins of Charlemagne, as made famous in The Matter of France.
“We'll have more fun from now on...”
—Astolfo's Death Quote in The Binding Blade
- According to a Japanese gaming news website, Astolfo landed 75th place out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, which statistically would make him the least popular playable character in the game.