“When y'all were hidin' in yer cellars and attics, we were toe-to-toe with Daein. And look at us now...”
—Brom, as he defeats someone pursuing the revolution.
Brom (チャップ Chappu, Chap in the Japanese version) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He hails from the farming village of Ohma, and lives with a large family that consists of many children. Brom is the father of Meg, who is a playable character in Radiant Dawn.
Brom is first encountered in Chapter 10 of Path of Radiance, where the Greil Mercenaries invade a jail to free Crimean prisoners of war. Imprisoned in a cell to with Kieran, he expresses terror at the prospect of undergoing torture, alongside a fear that he may never see his family members again. When Ike speaks to Brom after successfully breaking him out of his jail cell, he gratefully gets up to leave with the mercenaries, albeit rather clumsily, as he develops cramps from sitting down on the "hard floor" of his cell for too long. After the mercenaries finally rescue all the prisoners, Brom reveals that he is, alongside Nephenee, a "simple country [militiaman] from the same territory", and has merely joined Ike's forces to prevent his fields from being wrested from his possession. He then resolves to fight for Crimea's freedom in Elincia's name, promising to "send [the] Daein milksops packing".
In a Base Conversation he shares with Ike in the preceding chapter, Brom is observed to become emotional over a leather pouch of stones, which his family members have put together for him to keep as a "sort of a good-luck charm". He then calls himself "silly" for behaving embarrassingly, to which Ike comforts him by asserting that his family is proud of the actions he has undertaken to aid the war effort.
Brom returns in this game at the start of Chapter 2-1, where he is observed to engage in a friendly conversation with his fellow neighbor, Jacob, in the village of Ohma. Nephenee then enters the scene to inform him of a revolution brewing nearby, urging him to "suit up" quickly and join her in quelling the rising disorder. After receiving an Iron Axe and a Herb from Nephenee, Brom will then set foot onto the village square with her, where a group of young village men have gathered in front of an armored general. They are then informed of plans being formulated to "dethrone the queen", to which Brom responds by loyally sticking up for Elincia's honor, asserting the fact that he was allied with her in the previous war. The armored general takes advantage of Brom's claims and further brainwashes the men, claiming that the pair are the queen's agents, and are "undoubtedly [spying] on them". A conflict will then break out between the two groups of people, with Brom and Nephenee emerging as the victors. Realizing that their actions have essentially jeopardized the safety of their fellow villagers, the pair decide to leave the village and inform Elincia of the dire tidings.
At the start of the Chapter 2-2, Brom and Nephenee are observed to have already reported their findings to Elincia, who apologizes for the ordeal that their village has been put through. As she goes on to doubt her ability to carry out the duties expected of a Queen, Brom reassures her by proclaiming that she has done a "bang-up job" of governing Crimea, and encourages her to never give up in learning the ropes. He will then remain with Elincia's forces, playing a significant role in protecting Fort Alpea's defenses from being breached by Ludveck's rebels.
Brom returns to the game in Chapter 3-2, where he aids Ike's forces in the Laguz Alliance. He is spared when Ashera later casts her judgment upon Tellius. Brom can then be brought into the Tower of Guidance in order to reverse her judgment and save the people from suffering untimely ends.
After the war has well and truly ended, Brom will return to his farming lifestyle in Ohma, vowing to never set foot onto the battlefield ever again.
On the whole, Brom is a down-to-earth individual, and likes neither war nor violence. He is also rather sensitive, as can be observed in his support conversations with Boyd. In this set of conversations, Boyd's ability to fight at a young age is first discussed, whereupon Boyd changes the subject to that of the prison break, ridiculing Brom for "STILL [being] a big fatty!". Being the tactless individual that he is, Boyd proceeds to question whether "all that jiggling" slows Brom down in battle. Brom evidently expresses hurt at Boyd's harsh words, leading to Boyd attempting to compensate by offering to train with him and "whip [him] into shape in no time".
- Chapter 11: Unlock the door of the cell Brom is imprisoned in, and ensure that he survives in Chapter 10.
Lance - D
- See also: Brom/Supports
|Item Required||Promoted Class|
|( Master Seal)||General|
* Only if Lance mastery level is at D or lower.
Brom joins around the same time as several of the best units in the game (Kieran, Marcia, and Jill), giving him stiff competition for experience early on. His base stats and weapon ranks are also acceptable at best. On top of both of these things, the armor knight class is considered relatively lackluster in Path of Radiance. Mounted units dominate, making low movement hard to work around at times. On top of this, many units such as the cavaliers have enough bulk to withstand the brunt of enemies, meaning a dedicated tank is often unnecessary. On the whole Brom is a rather lackluster unit in comparison to the powerhouses you receive before and soon after him.
If for some reason a general is desired, Brom still does not stack up favorably. Gatrie joins a mere 2 chapters later than he does, and has better or comparable bases and growth rates in most key areas. This is ignoring any level ups and weapon EXP Gatrie may have received before his chapter 8 departure. Tauroneo joins much later, with stats that will pale in comparison to a trained Brom or Gatrie, but he also comes battle ready, with good weapon ranks and a good skill.
|Part 1||Part 2||Part 3||Part 4||Endgame|
◎=Forced ○=Available □=Available for selected
- Meg: 10%
|Item Required||Promoted Class|
|( Master Crown)||Marshall|
|Luna||D C** A*|
* Only if Axe mastery rank is at B or lower.
** Only if Sword mastery rank is at D or lower.
Brom has a few unique features to offer in Radiant Dawn. He is the only Axe General available, and sports very good growth in HP, Luck and Defense. Additionally, he has a very large amount of availability making him a rather easy unit to train. However, he still comes with some downsides. His other stats are all rather sub par, especially his speed and resistance, and he is hampered by the Marshall class' poor stat caps. In any event, he can make for a very effective wall in both Elincia and Ike's chapters, but may be sidelined during the Tower of Guidance for more versatile characters.
Lance - C
*Enemy only; joins unequipped
“P-Poppa... I did all... I could... Don’t... forget me...”
—Death Quote in Path of Radiance (if killed in Chapter 10)
“Your father... He fought on until the very end. He did his best...”
—Death Quote in Path of Radiance
“Hey, kids... Your dad, he worked real hard...for everyone... To the very end... Aah...”
—Death Quote in Radiant Dawn
Path of RadianceEdit
"Whew! Am I glad that's over! When I saw King Daein, I was sure I was done for! Or that he'd torture me... But you were a bull! Thank you! Now I can go home and see my family once more!"
- Rural Juggernaut (最強の農夫 Saikyō no nōfu, lit. The Strongest Peasant)
Returning to his family in Ohma, Brom farmed for the rest of his peaceful life. He never lifted a weapon again.
- In Radiant Dawn, Brom is incapable of attacking either Zihark or Meg.
- In Awakening, many of his SpotPass allies are of the Villager class, a class rarely fought by the player. This is likely a reference to his rural village home of Ohma.