“Show the enemy the wrath of the Ostian knights!”
—Barthe to Gwendolyn in a support conversation
Barthe (バース Bāsu, translated Barth in the fan translations) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. Barthe is a well respected and well revered knight of Ostia, acting as a mentor to new recruits. Barthe has possibly been employed the longest out of all of Ostia's knights. Barthe, although not related to Gwendolyn or Bors, has the ability to use the Triangle Attack with them. After the war, he rebuilt Ostia's army.
He makes a brief cameo appearance in chapter 18 of the Fire Emblem: Hasha no Tsurugi manga.
Barthe is a part of the Ostian Armor Knights, a notably strong sector of Ostia's military. Barthe was knighted around the same time as Bors, with the two becoming fast friends. At one point, they fought each other in a martial arts tournament, with Bors being the victor. Barthe is also well-acquainted with Astolfo, an Ostian spy, as well as Gwendolyn and Ogier, fellow members of the Ostian Armor Knights with the former being Bors's sister.
When a rebellion in Ostia headed by the well-respected general Leygance and a former lieutenant named Devias broke out, Barthe, along with Gwendolyn and Ogier, were apparently absent from Castle Ostia. They returned, however, to save Lilina, the daughter of the Marquess Hector, who had been imprisoned and used by the revolutionaries. Upon their arrival, they met up with Roy and his army, who were engaged in a battle with Leygance to stop the rebellion. Under Roy's command, they helped to defeat Leygance, ending the revolution, and saving Lilina. Afterwards, Barthe joined Roy's army on a journey to stop King Zephiel of Bern from eradicating the humans of Elibe, with Gwendolyn and Ogier also tagging along.
After the war, Barthe was placed in charge of the Ostian military, being described as a "strict but fair" leader.
Barthe is a very collected individual, and can appear cold in his opinions. Nonetheless, he is devoted to bettering himself, often challenging the local arena in the town of Ostia despite how life threatening it is. He has much in common with his fellow knights Bors and Astolfo, being devoted to Ostia's cause and disappointed with their failure to keep it's coup from happening, as well as failing to keep Hector alive. He's also very suspicious of many of the figures in Roy's army, and alongside Astolfo keeps tabs on everyone in it to the point of paranoia. Lastly, he is a mentor to Gwendolyn and Ogier, teaching more power-oriented lessons than Bors teaches.
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- See also: Barthe/Supports
Barthe starts out very powerful as a level 9 knight, excelling in HP, attack, and defense, but his other stats are rather low, and can be problematic, since Barthe will have troubles hitting or avoiding enemies. While he does have the Triangle attack option with Bors and Gwendolyn, their low movement ratings make it difficult to set up. If you do decide that you want to use Barthe, he is best used primarily as a full-out tank against physical attackers, since he has such high HP and defense (but not magical attackers, due to his 2% growth rate in resistance). Otherwise, Bors is a more well-rounded option.
Barthe - Knight of Justice (剛直なる重騎士 Gōchokunaru jū kishi)
- After returning home, Barthe was put in charge of the Ostian military. Although devastated from the tragedies of Hector's death and the rebellion, Barthe's strict but fair leadership led the Ostian Armor Knights to glory once again.
- According to a Japanese gaming news website, Barthe landed 62nd place out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
—Barthe's death quote in The Binding Blade.