“Ah, Prince Ephraim... It... It was fun while it lasted.”
—Forde's death quote
Forde (フォルデ Forude) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is a cavalier in Ephraim's service whose skill in battle is only matched by his remarkable laziness; he tends to be the first to opt out of Ephraim's risky plans and is known to fall asleep in battle. However, Forde claims this is merely a plot to lure foes within range. He has gone so far as to equip his horse so that he can fall asleep in the saddle without falling over. He often banters with his companion Kyle, the more level-headed one of the pair, who calls him out on how lazy he is. He is among the knights that included himself, Kyle and Orson when they and Ephraim were caught at Renvall.
Forde is also the elder brother of Franz, and is a rather accomplished painter in his spare time. When Forde was young, he won a sword contest and his mother was happy, not for his contest, but for the painting he had made for her early that day. She kept it with her even when she died, it was only then that Forde took the painting back. He hung it in his house as a reminder of how he must continue to make people happy, not with his sword, but with his brush.
*80% in the Japanese version
- See also: Forde/Supports
Forde is a cavalier that joins in chapter 5x alongside Ephraim, Kyle, and Orson, separate from Eirika's group. Of all the cavaliers, Forde has the highest skill, resistance, and luck and the most balanced speed, but suffers from having the lowest strength, HP, and defense in the long term. As a result of his focus being on stats that are not very important for his class, he is often overshadowed by the far more specialized statistical abilities of Kyle's very high durability, constitution, and strength, and Franz's higher availability and better physical stats, especially in speed. Even in chapter 5x when they first join, because of Kyle's higher con, he will not have a higher attack speed unless he uses an incredibly weak iron sword in the lance focused chapter. Even in the long term, Kyle's speed will only be slightly worse because of his decent 40% speed growths against Forde's only acutely higher 45%.
He is often considered as such, the least impressive of the three cavaliers available. Despite that however, Forde is still an entirely capable unit that can hold up through the game proper. As a cavalier, he has very impressive movement and weapon triangle control and options for 1-2 range attacks. Even though his stats are much less impressive in how they are spread than Kyle or Franz's are, they are still good, and he has the highest growth total of them all, they are just spread out into the less important stats. Against the fairly weak enemies encountered throughout the game, he does not have a hard time competing and can contribute through either combat or through rescuing and ferrying with his horse and canto.
When Forde promotes, players have the option of changing him into either a paladin or a great knight. Turning into a great knight will give him slightly higher strength and speed by one point and will give him axe use, but will also take away a point of movement, leaving him with merely six despite facing heavier mounted terrain penalties. It also gives him higher con, which may let him use heavier weapons, but also ruins his rescuing utility for heavier units. As a paladin, he gains one less speed and strength and does not gain axes, but gains movement at eight overall. In the main game, the slight combat increase of great knight will almost never be a deciding factor in combat because of how incredibly minor they are, and the movement and con changes take away most of the utility the cavalier classes are known for. In the main game, it is generally recommend to leave him as a paladin because of this. However, if a player elects to play the postgame, where statsboosters of all kinds may be farmed, and where caps matter much more, Great Knight may be preferred.
- Forde, the Wild Knight (奔放の騎士 Honpō no kishi)
Upon Forde's return to Renais, his secret hobby of painting was discovered. He was commissioned as a court artist. His work grew popular, and his days became so busy that he often regretted his career change.
- (A Support with Kyle)
Sometimes, the greatest friends also differ greatly in personality. When Kyle and Forde returned home, they were celebrated in song and story. They lived their days in happiness, as dearest friends and toughest rivals.
- (A Support with Eirika)
After the war, Eirika and Forde returned to Renais. Eirika spent her days toiling in the reconstruction of Renais, and he was her faithful supporter. His portrait of Eirika captured the smile he had thought lost forever.
- (A Support with Vanessa)
Forde's love for Vanessa grew after the war, and although she loved him as well, she placed her duty to Frelia first. Undaunted, Forde moved to Frelia himself. Over time, the two were wed.
A ford is the shallow place where a river can easily be crossed, or 'forded'; it is Nordic in origin. Kyle's name also refers to a river.
- In the prototype version of The Sacred Stones, Forde was a Ranger instead of a cavalier.
- Forde strongly resembles Edward Elric, the main protagonist of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga and anime series.