“I'll protect you, even if I die trying, Prince Kurthnaga. My life is dedicated to you. We all need you.”
—Gareth's A Support with Kurthnaga in Radiant Dawn.
Gareth (ゴート Gōto, lit. Gort) is a non-playable character in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, and an enemy/playable character in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He is a member of the Red Dragon tribe of Goldoa, and body guard to King Dheginsea or any royal retainers in need of personal guard (as seen when he stayed near Prince Kurthnaga in their first appearance). He is notably wider-set than your average Red Dragon, and, upon transformation, he is bigger and of a darker hue than most Red Dragons (or any dragon, for that matter).
Gareth is a loyal member of the Goldoan Royal Court. Although it is not clearly mentioned, he is a high-ranking member of the court and a retainer to both his King and Prince Kurthnaga.
Path of RadianceEdit
He is seen with Prince Kurthnaga in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. As the Greil Mercenaries were traveling with Princess Elincia to the theocracy of Begnion by ship, they were run ashore by Kilvan pirates. The shore they so happen to dock upon was none other than the solemn dragon country of Goldoa. They were hailed by Black Dragon prince Kurthnaga as he was strolling along the coast with royal retainer Gareth (as well as his own personal guard). After an exchanging of word and traveling gifts from the prince, the mercenaries were on their way. This is the only appearance of Gareth in Path of Radiance.
Gareth is not present throughout the majority of Radiant Dawn. He appears during the third part of the final chapter, standing with King Dheginsea, Nasir, and the rest of Goldoa against the warriors of Yune. Ena and Kurthnaga are both able to speak with him, yet neither will be able to sway him to their side.
He will join you if you do not kill him during the battle against the dragons.
Killing him in 4-E-3 unlocks the 'Nasir' Base Conversation in 4-E-4, while killing Nasir would unlock 'Gareth' instead. If both are alive, 'Forgive and Forget' would be unlocked. On the second playthrough, 'Ancient History' is unlocked. If none survived, there would not be a conversation. Survival is required for his recruitment.
As in Path of Radiance, he has very few words. He has far more than before, yet not enough to suffice for proper character development.
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—Gareth's first line in Path of Radiance
“Yes, at once.”
—Gareth's final line in Path of Radiance
Gareth: I was afraid it would come to this, squared off with the very prince I'm supposed to protect. What to do?
Kurthnaga: Gareth, let me pass! I need to reach my father!
Gareth: Without the king's word, I can't let that happen.
Kurthnaga: Do you mean to fight me?
Gareth: Of course not! You know I couldn't do that. All I will do is stand here, plant my feet, and wait.
Gareth: Prince Kurthnaga, it has been a privilege to serve you. I wish you all the best.
Ena: Please let me pass, Gareth.
Gareth: I will not move. Such was the king's command.
Ena: Is there nothing I can do?
Gareth: No, I'm sorry to be so hardheaded, Ena. But I must serve my king.
Ena: Maybe we're the hardheaded ones... Opposing our king and our goddess. But we've chosen our path...
Gareth: Lady Ena. Promise me you'll look after him. Keep the prince safe.
Ena: Of course. I promise... I will protect him at any cost!
Part 4 Endgame (3)
Gareth: My prince... I was supposed to protect you, but... I failed.
Kurthnaga: No, Gareth! It was I that turned my back on Goldoa. Gareth... I'm sorry.
After Part 4 Endgame (3)
Gareth: Uhf... Prince Kurthnaga... Be...safe...
Gareth was named chaimberlain to the king's new nephew, and taught him with both strictness and love.
In Arthurian legend, Gareth is one of the brothers of Gawain and a knight of the round table. In his first adventure, Gareth defeats the Red Knight.
- Gareth is an incredibly under-developed character in both Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn. He has very few speaking roles, but when he does speak it is very short and exact. He is, by leaps and bounds, the most underdeveloped character in both games, including the newly introduced characters of the sequel.