“Sigurd, I've heard enough. It's just you and me on the battlefield now. Two knights fighting with grace and honor. But I'm not about to fall with the Mystletainn at my side... 'Til death!”
—Eldigan to Sigurd, when they are in attacking range of each other
Eldigan (エルトシャン Erutoshan, Eltshan in the Japanese version) is a character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. He is the commander of the Cross Knights and the lord of Agustria's House Nordion during the first generation. As a descendant of the Crusader Hezul, he wields the powerful "Demon Sword" Mystletainn.
Eldigan is immensely loyal to Agustria, and he defends his country against Grandbell's invasion despite being old friends with both Sigurd and Quan. He eventually leads the Cross Knights out to confront Sigurd's army near Silvail, where he is persuaded by his sister Raquesis to petition King Chagall for a truce. However, the tyrannical king refuses to listen to his request, and has him executed for treason.
Eldigan is the older half-brother of Raquesis, and is a close friend to Sigurd and Quan, both of whom he first met at Belhalla's military academy.
Eldigan is extremely loyal to the Agustrian royal family, as his ancestors inadvertently inherited Hezul's Holy Blood through Hezul's daughter (who was married off to Nordion). They thus swore to utilize the powers of the Mystletainn to protect the royal family.
During Verdane's invasion of Grannvale, Sigurd captures Evans castle and uses it as a base for his army's operations. Eldigan pays a visit to Sigurd, where he promises to watch over Evans while Sigurd marches deeper into Verdane. Shortly thereafter, Elliot, the prince of Heirhein, moves out to capture Evans, but is stopped in his tracks by Eldigan and the Cross Knights. Eldigan is held in custody as a result of this action, but is released shortly afterwards.
Once Verdane is subdued, Sigurd is forced to fight against Agustria. King Chagall thus accuses Eldigan of being a traitor for not aiding Elliot earlier, and so Eldigan decides to finally lead his knights against Sigurd's forces due to his immense loyalty to his country. As the two armies clash swords, his sister Raquesis pleads with him to stop the senseless fighting and convince Chagall to accept a truce. Moved by his sister's pleas, Eldigan gives Raquesis his prized Earth Sword as a memento before departing the battlefield to reason with Chagall. However, the king refuses to listen to him, and has him executed for treason. Shortly thereafter, Chagall is defeated by Sigurd's army.
Eldigan's wife Grahnye later leaves for her parents' house in Leonster with their son Ares in tow in a bid to avoid being embroiled in the raging war within Agustria. Sadly, when Leonster falls following the Battle of River Thracia, Grahnye and her parents are killed, resulting in Ares being raised by Jabarro and his mercenary troop.
Genealogy of the Holy WarEdit
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Eldigan appears twice on the battlefield: once during Chapter 1, and then later on in Chapter 3. In Chapter 1, he is an ally of the player's, and alongside his troop of Cross Knights, makes short work of Elliot.
In Chapter 3, however, Eldigan will be forced to turn against the player. Despite not possessing any skills, Eldigan is extremely difficult to defeat due to his 5-Star Leadership and the powerful Mystletainn. It is thus highly recommended to have Raquesis speak with him in order to receive the Earth Sword, and more importantly, get Eldigan to leave the battlefield.
Savvy players might recognize that there is a third option for dealing with Eldigan: it would be theoretically possible to lure him away from Silvail in order to seize the castle without killing him. Doing so will cause Eldigan, like all on-field bosses whose castle has been seized, to vanish without a trace. As much as the player may wish to spare Eldigan, this will have no impact on the plot, and will also prevent the player from acquiring the Earth Sword or Life Ring.
- Once Sigurd and Eldigan get near each other:
Sigurd: Eldigan, please! Put down your sword! I don't want to fight you! I still have every intention of handing over Agusty! Please, I just need a little more time!
Eldigan: ...Sigurd, I've heard enough. It's just you and me on the battlefield now. Two knights fighting with grace and honor. But I'm not about to fall with the Mystletainn at my side... 'Til death!
“This is the Demon Sword, Mystletainn. If you don’t wish to become its prey, then don’t come anywhere near me...”
—Eldigan's battle quote
Eldigan: Sigurd... I never expected to ever have to cross swords with you. As knights, however, this is our fate. There is nothing either of us can do about it.
Sigurd: W, wait! Eldigan!!
Eldigan: No, Raquesis! I don’t want to fight you!!
“Forgive me... Agustria...”
—Eldigan's death quote in Genealogy of the Holy War.
Recruitment Quote (Awakening)Edit
“I swear to serve you well.”
—Eldigan's recruitment quote in Infinite Regalia.
Eldigan is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
- The lover conversation between Nanna and Ares in the Final Chapter reveals that Eldigan and Raquesis have different mothers. Furthermore, Raquesis fell in love with Eldigan, although his feelings towards her are unclear.
- Eldigan has a battle sprite slightly different to other male paladins in the game.
- Eldigan, Palla and Est are the only recruitable DLC characters in Awakening that do not have recruitable SpotPass versions.
- Although Eldigan appears more akin to a SpotPass character than a DLC one, in that not only does he lack unique art, he appears on maps where he is not the specific DLC Einherjar for that map, and lacking the DLC needed to recruit him, Infinite Regalia, does not cause him to have the Nondescript Unit portrait that it does with other DLC characters.
- The Golden Gaffe's resources have placeholder graphics of Eldigan's portrait, cropped from his TCG artwork. This may imply Eldigan was to have new artwork much like the other Einherjar.
- Eldigan is the only DLC character in Awakening to not have new character art.