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“My apologies for the lateness of the hour. Proper social graces are most difficult to observe in wartime.”
—Bastian, reuniting with Queen Elincia in the forest near Sienne.
Bastian (ユリシーズ Yurishīzu, Ulysses in the Japanese version), is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He is the Count of Fayre, and is also a loquacious and influential politician in the Crimean Court. Previously working for Prince Renning, Bastian is also close friends with Geoffrey and Lucia.
Path of RadianceEdit
After the fall of Crimea, Bastian seeks refuge underground, in hopes of liberating his country from Daein. After joining up with the Crimean Liberation Army, he finds his ideologies conflicting with Ike's authority, most likely stemming from his lack of pedigree. Bastian eventually warms up to Ike after witnessing Elincia vouching for him, alongside Ike's proficiency as a hired guard. After the events of the game, he will hire Volke to perform certain "jobs", some of which are connected to particular events Radiant Dawn. One of these jobs involve the capture of Izuka in order to find a cure for Renning's crazed stupor, an ailment inflicted upon him by the Feral Drug.
In this game, Bastian serves as Crimea's Deputy Prime Minister and one of Queen Elincia's most trusted advisors. He is, however, noticeably absent from court during the Ludveck crisis, and is instead sent to Daein by Elincia as part of a diplomatic mission to determine the abilities of the newly-crowned King Pelleas. Despite his absence from court, Bastian still plays a significant role in saving Lucia, as he hires Ike and the Greil Mercenaries to halt Ludveck's troops laying siege to Castle Crimea.
Bastian's close contact with the assassin Volke ultimately leads to the eventual capture and execution of the fugitive Izuka.
Bastian is hailed as a master politician by many, as can be observed by the amount of respect he commands in the Crimean Court, alongside possessing a natural skill for cunning. He is shown to be one who takes initiative in carrying out certain tasks which he deems to be of the utmost importance, as can be observed from the investigations he conducts into unearthing the identity of the Black Knight and Bertram.
Bastian's speech is laden with symbolic imagery, and often adopts iambic pentameter in the words he articulates. This alludes to him being a rather romantic person, as this mannerism of his merely serves to hyperbolize the emotions that are associated with practically any situation he appears in.
Through support conversations in Path of Radiance, it is revealed that Bastian is exceedingly wealthy, and is rather proficient in the art of gambling. Due to the immense loyalty he holds towards Crimea, he ensures that his earnings will always be channelled towards the country's benefit.
- Chapter 24: Automatically from the start of Turn 2.
- See also: Bastian/Supports
- Geoffrey: 10%
Joining as a Pre-Promoted Sage, Bastian comes with rather average stats. However, his growth rates are relatively competent for a pre-promoted unit, giving him some potential as a magic-user. Besides magic tomes, Bastian is also able to wield Knives. As his Magic stat tends to be higher than that of his Strength, Bastian is better off using magic to attack instead.
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- Geoffrey: 10%
Bastian returns in this game as a pre-promoted magic user. His starting class is that of an Arch Sage, which is essentially a third-tier class. A majority of his stats are either average or low for his level, and his growths are slightly lower than they were in Path of Radiance. As a result of his low Speed stat, Bastian will be unable to perform double attacks on a frequent basis.
However, as the chapter Bastian joins in is practically filled with Laguz-based enemies, his proficiency in all three anima magic types is thus extremely useful. If given the opportunity to level up a few times, he will be able to inflict great amounts of damage upon most enemies with ease.
“Gaa...urr... Does my glorious life end here? No, I say... My eyes must not close. Not until they witness the rebirth of my beloved Crimea...”
—Bastian's death quote in Path of Radiance
“...Here shall I cross... from this world...to death's dry kingdom. I always suspected...that it would come to this.”
—Bastian's death quote in Radiant Dawn
Path of RadianceEdit
"Oh, glorious day of sweet victory! Praises upon the day the goddess did see fit to send Sir Ike to save our land."
- Crimea's Keystone (王国の要 Ōkoku no yō)
Bastian's unparalleled diplomatic skills ensured that many treaties were signed, spreading peace across Tellius.
Bastian is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following card:
- Bastian is the only character in Path of Radiance who can form supports with Volke.