“Teaching illuminates the minds of both master and student... I will teach you everything I can!”
—Canas talking to Nino in their supports
Canas (カナス Kanasu) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. He is the father of Hugh and son of Niime, and possibly Nino's uncle by marriage, as his wife's deceased sister Iris bears the same name as Nino's mother.
The only recruitable Shaman, and potentially Druid, in the game, he can be recruited during Chapter 16x in Eliwood's Story or Chapter 17x in Hector's Story by visiting a home in the Port of Badon. Upon learning that the heroes want to reach the Dread Isle, he offers his services since he also wants to go there.
Son of the famed Mountain Hermit Niime, he inherited the ancient magics has been passed down in his family for generations, albeit under strict training from her. In Canas' supports with Pent, it is revealed he has three brothers, but all of them eventually had their dark magic take control of their bodies, rendering them in an almost comatose state. Canas himself notes that it is likely he himself will end up like them if he continues to study dark magic, but though he is afraid of suffering the same fate of his brothers he continues because of his own curiosity, aware that it may cause the end of him.
At the start of The Blazing Blade, Canas is stated to be already married to an anima magic user, to his mother's initial chagrin, and he has an infant son named Hugh. Canas's wife is also stated to have had a sister with the given name Iris; while having heard that this sister is deceased, this given name is shared with a member of Nino's own family, her mother's. While noting that Iris is a rather common name, the fact that Canas's wife is an anima magic user and that Nino's family was made up of powerful sages suggests that Canas might be an uncle by marriage to Nino.
He first appears in Badon, shortly after Eliwood and his allies engage with Fargus and members of his pirate brigade. Due to wanting to visit the Dread Isle, but unable to find passage to the island, he offer his skills to the party. After helping them, he tags along in order to continue learning about areas outside of Ilia.
Afterwards, he died along side his wife while trying to stop a snowstorm before the events of The Binding Blade, leading to his son getting raised by Niime.
Canas is a passionate scholar who has a tendency to read on the battlefield and unintentionally be absent-minded to his surroundings and to the needs of other people, as in almost all of his support conversations, characters often approach Canas while he is in the midst of reading a tome of some sort, only to receive lectures oblivous to their bewilderment, to the chagrin of some, and even pointed out by Nino in their supports.
His curiosity knows no bounds, which leads to a rather interesting conversation with Renault about whether morphs have souls or not. This conversation also uncovers a bit of Renault's mysterious past.
However a practitioner of elder magic, Canas often compliments Anima magic, the magic of nature, which he considers aesthetically rich, even expressing deep admiration for Pent in their support conversation.
Description: A scholar, and a novice student of ancient magics.
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- See also: Canas/Supports
Canas joins a bit later than Erk and Lucius, but he is one of two recruitable characters capable of using Dark Magic, the other being Athos, who joins during the final chapter. Regardless, his stats will usually be rather average, though he is a bit bulkier than other magic units; however, he has a lot of room for his stats to go higher, making him a good candidate for Afa's Drops, allowing him to have a better chance at gaining better stats. His speed, in any case, can become problematic when combined with the high weight of Tomes in The Blazing Blade. However, once he starts gaining levels, the effects of Nosferatu and Luna can become very useful in taking down Mages, bulky units like Generals, and bosses with high resistance like Sonia and Limstella.
“Ah, what a shame. There was so much more that I wanted to learn...”
—Canas' death quote in The Blazing Blade.
Note: This death quote is unlocked by clearing the game 8 times, or transferring save data from The Binding Blade in the Japanese version.
“Let this battle be forgotten by history... That is all I ask.”
—Canas' final chapter quote in The Blazing Blade.
Canas - Seeker of Wisdom
Canas is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
This may be a reach, but the name 'Canas' may be a transliteration of the Scottish name 'Knox,' which means 'round hill.' In medieval Scottish, the 'k' and the 'n' of the name Knox would both be pronounced as distinct phonemes [k] and [n]. Knoll's name also means 'small hill.' Additionally, 'canas' in the Spanish language mean 'grey hairs' or 'white hairs', and in Latin, 'canas' means 'bright', suggesting the ancient source of his power and a reference to his scholarliness.
- On the level Living Legend, Canas will remark about finding artifacts in the desert. He also mentions the great amount of magic wielders in the desert.
- Canas is quite similar to Etzel; they are both users of dark magic, they both wear monocles, and they both appear in a somewhat late gaiden chapter.
- Although Canas uses Dark magic, his affinity is Anima. This alludes to his quest for knowledge, not power.
- Canas's personality seems to have drastically changed at some point, as Niime describes him in a support with Hugh as being similar to his son, "[trying] to be bad, but he can't deny his good heart". It is unknown if she was referring to him as an adult, or him as a younger man, however. Perhaps she simply meant that Hugh is trying to be bad, but that he cannot help resembling Canas instead.
- On the Choose Your Legends voting results, Canas placed at 113th place.
- On the Choose Your Legends Round 2 voting results, Canas placed at 89th place. This makes Canas the third highest voted character from Fire Emblem Blazing Sword not in Fire Emblem Heroes after Nils in second and Louise in first.