“Why should I fear a goddess too busy sleeping to leave her temple? The age of worrying about what the gods think of us has come to a end. The kingdom of Zofia needs a strong will to set it back on course—MY will.”
—Desaix in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Years before the events of Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Desaix was willingly killing the children of the royal family, with General Mycen attempting to stop him, only for Desaix to charge him with the crime and having him banished. He eventually ordered Slayde to kill both princess Anthiese and prince Conrad during the king and the royal guard's absence, as well as killing everyone else in the royal villa in order to avoid witnesses. While the prince was presumed dead, Mycen managed to take the princess with him before Desaix could have her killed. 16 years later, Desaix began his rebellion, conquering the Zofian castle and killing the king. In response to this, a resistance led by Clive was formed in order to oppose Desaix, though he manages to capture the Zofian knight Mathilda in order to use her as leverage to force his surrender. Eventually, Alm took control of the resistance and reclaimed Zofia Castle. What seemed to be Desaix, however, turned out to be no more than an imposter (which is revealed if the player kills Desaix prior to Slayde). After the battle, his foothold in the Zofian capital was no more. Leaving some of his men behind, his remaining forces retreated back to his fortress in Northern Zofia, while he took the royal sword with him for unknown reasons. When Alm's army arrives in time to save Mathilda, he orders for her to be executed slowly with arrows. Having foreseen their army's approach, Desaix had requested aid from Rigel in order to finally thwart the Deliverance. Despite the aid, however, Alm's forces attacked the fortress and Desaix is killed, with Desaix cursing Mycen for giving the Kingdom to Rudolf's brat, having discovered his identity earlier.
**Dropped upon Defeat
Attempting to fight him at Zofia Castle is less than recommended, due to both his superior third tier class, and his massive army. You may very well stand a chance at defeating him and taking his dragon shield if you have promoted one of your villagers, namely Kliff, into a mage. Even with a mage though, beating him is no easy task. As mentioned before, Desaix has a massive army. Dealing with them is hard enough, and another ordeal is not killing Slayde (as killing Slayde forces Desaix to leave). Pick off the enemy one by one. Have Silque mend any wounds. Ultimately kill Desaix with magic, archers, and Alm, Lukas, or Forsyth. Also, another good idea would be to exercise your party members in the Rebellion headquarters before coming to the castle. Recommending an average of at least level 8 across the board if you're going to attempt this.
Here, unlike the first battle, it is obligatory that you kill him. This time he has several Armor Knights and Archers from Rigel with him. There will also be a Sorcerer in the forest, casting Fortify (who you may want to pick off with Clair at the start of the fight, to prevent Desaix from healing) and an Cantor in the upper right corner summoning Revenants. Finally, Desaix is a Baron, making him pretty tough to beat. By now however, you should have Luthier, who proves to be a great asset in this battle. Simply have him use Excalibur on the Armor Knights, and finally on Desaix. Support him with Alm in the front, and keep Silque nearby just in case either of them is damaged. Also, a very important note: Be sure to pick off the Archers quickly, to prevent Matilda from being executed (as she cannot fight back). Once Desaix and the Armors/Archers are killed, the rest of the map should be very easy to complete.
“What’s this? Slayde has been defeated? Damned rebels will rue this day. I must withdraw! The rest of you are ordered to hold the castle at all costs!”
—If the player killed Slayde in Chapter 1 on Zofia Castle
“Ah hah hah! I wonder who built this throne? It is marvelously comfortable! Why did I let it be wasted on that incompetent fool Lima for so long? Soon, the Rigelian Empire will finish its conquest of Valentia. And then I will rule from this throne as king of Zofia! But first, I must crush those worms in the rebel army. And worms they are… You squash the blasted things into the muck, yet still more take their place! And now they dare march on the castle? They will pay for this insult in blood! I must know what—or who—gave them this second wind…”
—Desaix in Chapter 1 on the opening in Zofia Gate
“And damn them for it. Why can’t that Clive see reason? He would sooner have me kill his woman than lay down arms? The obstinate fool! Ah, well. It seems she is of no further use to me. …Archers! Kill that wench in the cage, but do it slowly. I want her suffering to last.”
—Desaix in Chapter 3 on the opening in Desaix's Fortress
“Rebel scum… You can’t hope to touch me. So long as I have the dracoshield Lord Berkut gave me, I am invincible!”
—Desaix's battle quote in Chapter 1 at Zofia Gate
“It seems I vastly misestimated you. I’ll grant you that. But today you vermin will die at my hands!”
—Desaix's battle quote in Chapter 3 at Desaix's Fortress
“Urgh! N-no… W-wait… You have the wrong…”
—Desaix's defeated quote in Chapter 1 at Zofia Gate
“D-don’t think you can gloat yet… You thought you defeated Desaix? Ha! That was just a double. The true chancellor has retreated to his fortress. And now it’s my turn. I’ve no intention of dying here with you maggots!”
—Slayde, if the player defeated him and Desaix in Chapter 1 on Zofia Castle
“Damn you, Mycen… You think to…hand Zofia over to Rudolf’s pup…? T-traitorous dastard…!”
—Desaix's death quote in Chapter 3
In Other MediaEdit
Desaix appears in the Fire Emblem Gaiden manga. His design slightly differs from his in-game portrayal, where he has a beard. During the manga, he loses his eye in battle and kills Kliff, one of Alm's soldiers. As punishment, Alm's army has him impaled on a spike.
- The real Desaix has a unique battle purple palette, unlike the imposter fought earlier.
- It is unknown how Desaix knows Alm's identity as Rudolf's son.
- He is the first character to be shown in battle as a Third Tier unit in the entire Fire Emblem series.
- Most of the bosses in Gaiden share a palette swap of his portrait.
- He had a mustache in Gaiden, but a beard in the manga adaptation. In Echoes, he has both.